Volleyball Closes Regular Season with 3-0 Win Over Hamilton

Kanoff Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - KC Kanoff '12 (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Lauren Antion '15 (Los Angeles, Calif.) each finished with 13 kills to lead the Amherst women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-12) sweep of Hamilton in its regular season finale. With the win, the Lord Jeffs improved to 20-6 (6-4 NESCAC) on the year, while the Continentals fell to 17-12 (1-9 NESCAC).

Up 8-7 after an Allison Martella '13 kill, Hamilton netted three-consecutive points, stretching its lead to four on an Amherst hitting error. With the Continentals pulling ahead 16-10 on a Meredith Nuber '14 spike, the Lord Jeffs rallied, going on a 10-1 run to take a 20--17 lead on a Kanoff kill. Ahead 24-20, Antion recorded a block on sophomore Megan McCareins (Evanston, Ill.) to give Amherst a first set win. 

Ahead 7-4 in the second after an Abigail Hunter (Kentfield, Calif.) block, Amherst continued to apply pressure, building an 11-7 lead after a Kristin Keeno '13 (Honolulu, Hawaii) service ace. Keeno later notched consecutive aces, putting the Jeffs up 16-7 before Kanoff made it 21-15 with a kill. A Nuber spike pulled Hamilton within four at 22-18, but Amherst did just enough down the stretch, closing out the 25-19 win with a Hunter kill.

Taking an early 5-0 lead in the third on back-to-back Kanoff aces, Amherst quickly found itself up 9-3 after a Mary Reiser '12 (New York, N.Y.) kill. On top 15-5 after a Continentals' blocking error, the Jeffs would continue to go on the offensive, going up 22-11 on a Cristy Meier kill. Looking to complete the sweet, sophomore Megan McCafferty (Tyngsboro, Mass.) put away her second spike of the evening to seal the 25-12 triumph.

Hunter hit .500 with seven kills, while Meier added six spikes. Junior setter Callie Neilson (Escondido, Calif.) finished with 33 assists, while Keeno collected 25 digs.

McCareins and first-year Ava Kelley (Northfield, Ill.) each notched six kills to pace Hamilton, with Martella and Nuber combining for 10 spikes. First-year libero Anna Brown finished with 20 digs, while sophomore Sarah Pfund had 11 assists.

With the victory, Amherst secured the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship. The Jeffs will open tournament play against No. 4 Trinity at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. The Bantams defeated Amherst 3-0 at Wesleyan earlier this season.

2011 NESCAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, November 4 at Bowdoin
Quarterfinals

No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Bowdoin – 5:00 p.m.
No. 7 Williams vs. No. 2 Tufts – 5:00 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College vs. No. 3 Middlebury – 8:00 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst vs. No. 4 Trinity – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5 at Bowdoin
Semifinals
Center Court:  Winner of No.1/No. 8 vs. Winner of No. 4/No. 5 – 1:00 p.m.
Center Court:  Winner of No. 2/No. 7 vs. Winner of No. 3/No. 6 – 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6 at Bowdoin
Championship – 12:00 p.m.