Volleyball Sweeps Johnson & Wales, 3-0

Pence2 Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Mary Reiser (New York, N.Y.) recorded a team-high seven kills to lead the Amherst women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) sweep of visiting Johnson & Wales University at LeFrak Gymnasium. Winners of five of their last six matches, the Lord Jeffs improved to 6-2 overall on the season heading into this weekend's Amherst Classic.

Hoping to get off to a fast start, the Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in what began as a closely contested first set, before Amherst settled in, regaining control and closing out strong en route to a 25-18 victory. Despite finding themselves in another 3-0 hole to start the second, the Lord Jeffs rallied, securing an identical 25-18 triumph before closing out the match and completing the sweep with a 25-15 third set win.

Senior outside hitter Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, Calif.) had six kills, while Meghan McCafferty '14 (Tyngsboro, Mass.), who hit .455, Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) and KC Kanoff '12 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) each finished with five spikes. 

Devin Pence '14 (Los Angeles, Calif.) registered five service aces in the win, with Callie Neilson '13 (Escondido, Calif.) adding 29 assists. Junior Kristin Keeno (Honolulu, Hawaii) once again anchored Amherst's defensive efforts with a match-best 26 digs.

Seniors Karlie Haack and Erin Leahy paced the Johnson & Wales attack, combining for 11 kills, while junior Ashley Rey had 12 assists, nine digs and four service aces. Sophomore Natasha Finkbeiner chipped in with nine helpers, while Courtney Wright '13 and Alyssa Drapeau '15 collected 23 and nine digs, respectively.

The Lord Jeffs will host the annual Amherst Classic Sept. 23-24, opening play this Friday against Brandeis.