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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Amherst College volleyball team kicked off its 2011 season Friday evening by posting a 1-1 record on day one of the Johnson & Wales University Invitational. The Lord Jeffs shut out Bridgewater State University before being blanked by Springfield College.
Friday's result against the Bears (0-5) marked the eighth consecutive season in which Amherst has opened the year with a win. The Lord Jeffs won their first set in convincing fashion, 25-9, before picking up victories of 25-16 and 25-12 in the final two frames.
Leading the way against Bridgewater State was Emily Waterhouse '13 (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), who had nine digs, six kills and four service aces in a balanced effort. Co-captains Cristy Meier '12 (San Anselmo, Calif.) and KC Kanoff '12 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) added nine and four kills, respectively, with Callie Neilson '13 (Escondido, Calif.) and Mary Reiser '12 (New York, N.Y.) combining for 15 assists.
Amherst's second match of the day was a rematch of last year's NCAA Regional Championship semifinals, and the result proved to be the same with Springfield earning a shutout victory. The Pride won Friday's sets by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-17, improving them to 5-0 on the year and 36-5 in the past two seasons.
Newcomer Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) had eight kills in the loss, while Meier added six of her own. Neilson led the way in assists with nine, while Kristin Keeno '13 (Honolulu, Hawaii) was the team leader in digs (13). Devin Pence '14 (Los Angeles, Calif.) also played well defensively, combining for 14 digs in the two matches.
The Lord Jeffs will close out their weekend tomorrow at the JWU Invitational, as they take on Keene State at 10 a.m. before matching up against Wheaton at 2 p.m.