Jeffs Open Weekend with 3-0 Loss at Middlebury

Antion4 Contact: Justin Long

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Amherst College volleyball team had its four-match win streak snapped at the hands of Middlebury College Friday evening in Pepin Gym, as the Lord Jeffs suffered a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-9) loss to the host Panthers. 

The result marked the second time in as many years Middlebury (8-4, 2-1 NESCAC) has earned a 3-0 win over Amherst (9-3, 1-2 NESCAC) in the regular season. The Lord Jeffs will remain in Vermont to take on Keene State College Saturday at noon in Pepin Gym. 

Amherst began the week ranked ninth in the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Division III Regional Poll, but it was the 14th-ranked Panthers who led for a majority of play. Middlebury won the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-18 before dominating the third frame, 25-9. 

The Lord Jeffs hit only .009 on the night thanks to 27 attacking errors, while the Panthers totaled 10 team blocks and allowed only two. Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) was a bright spot for Amherst, finishing with a team-high eight kills and a .357 hitting percentage. 

Amherst's senior captains accounted for 17 of the team's other 20 kills, with Cristy Meier '12 (San Anselmo, Calif.), KC Kanoff '12 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Mary Reiser '12 (New York, N.Y.) recording seven, six and four, respectively. Kristin Keeno '13 (Honolulu, Hawaii) had 24 digs for the Jeffs, while Callie Neilson '13 (Escondido, Calif.) had 25 assists. 

Megan Jarchow led the Middlebury offense with 11 kills, followed by Sarah Studwell with eight and Amy Hart with six. Caitlin Barrett finished the match with 20 digs and Julia Gibbs dished out 30 assists.