Jeffs Begin Road Trip with 3-2 Win at Colby; Kanoff Reaches Pair of Milestones

Kanoff Contact: Justin Long

Kanoff's performance helped her surpass 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career, as she has been an incredibly consistent performer these past four years. She has recorded 1,006 kills and 1,007 digs during her time at Amherst, while Meier joined the 1,000-kill club last season and now has 1,249 for her career. WATERVILLE, Maine – Senior KC Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) put in an outstanding performance and reached a pair of milestones to help the Amherst College volleyball team began its weekend road trip with a 3-2 win over Colby College (25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12) Friday evening at Wadsworth Gymnasium. The Lord Jeffs improve to 14-4 (3-3 NESCAC), while the Mules drop to 7-10 (2-5). 

Ranked ninth in this week's NEWVA Regional Poll, Amherst has now won six consecutive meetings with Colby. The Lord Jeffs will play a pair of conference matches Saturday on the Mules' home court, taking on Bowdoin at 11 a.m. before facing Bates at 1:30 p.m. 

Kanoff and fellow senior captain Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, Calif.) were outstanding for Amherst, as they recorded the match's two highest kill totals and each hit well above .300. Kanoff finished with 21 kills in 36 attempts and had only four errors (.472), while Meier's 18 kills and seven errors came on 34 attempts (.324).

Abigail Hunter '13 (Kentfield, Calif.) also hit above .300 for the Lord Jeffs, chipping in with nine kills for a .312 hitting percentage. Amherst hit .264 as a team during the two-hour marathon, with Callie Neilson '13 (Escondido, Calif.) helping the cause by dishing out a season-high 51 assists. It was the third time this season and the eighth time in her career Neilson has recorded at least 50 assists in a match. 

Amherst's defense was once again led by Kristin Keeno '13 (Honolulu, Hawaii), who finished with 28 digs. Kanoff added 13 digs and Devin Pence '14 (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 10, while Meier and Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) had two service aces apiece. Antion led the Lord Jeffs' blocking efforts, as she recorded two solo blocks and had a hand in five altogether. 

The Lord Jeffs have won three in a row and five of their past six on the season. Currently tied for sixth in the NESCAC standings, Amherst will get a chance to compete with one of the best teams in the region on Saturday, as Bowdoin is ranked third in the NEWVA Poll and sits alone atop the conference at 17-1 (7-0).