Amherst Defeats Emerson in Home Opener, 3-0

Ahern AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College volleyball team improved to 3-0 and pushed its home winning streak to nine matches by defeating Emerson College Tuesday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-12).

Amherst first-year Lizzie Ahern had a team-best 14 kills and recorded a .400 hitting percentage, while senior co-captain Abigail Hunter registered seven kills and only one error on nine attempts (.667). The Lord Jeffs hit a combined .359 in the first two sets and never trailed at any point during the match. 

Emerson dropped to 4-3 on the year with its seventh consecutive loss to Amherst, as the Jeffs got off to another strong start at home after winning all eight of last year's matches in LeFrak. 

The hosts jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set, but the Lions battled back to tie things up at 11-11 and 12-12. Back-to-back kills from Lauren Antion '15 and Hunter gave Amherst some breathing room, and the Jeffs hung on for the 25-21 win. 

After a comfortable second-set victory, Amherst capitalized on several Emerson miscues and scored the first five points of the third frame. Ahern recorded five of her 14 kills in that third set, as she led the charge during the 25-12 result.

Nicole Carter '16 dished out 27 assists to go along with three service aces and 11 digs for the home team, while Kristin Keeno '13 paced the back line with 15 digs of her own. Hunter recorded six total blocks and Sammy Newby '16 had four, but Emerson managed to block the Lord Jeffs only twice on the night. 

First-year Juliana Tucker stood out for the Lions with 13 assists, five digs and four kills on only six attempts. Alex Lynn '15 and Kat Westbrook '16 also had four kills apiece, but it was Kat Rice '15 who led Emerson with a team-best six kills. 

Also performing well for the Lions was Jamie Morgan '14, who had 18 digs and committed only one reception error in 19 chances. Brandy Eggermann '14 had two service aces and five digs, while Lynn added seven digs.

The Lord Jeffs will begin conference play this Friday when they travel to take on Bowdoin College at 8 p.m. in Brunswick, Maine. Emerson will host Babson this Thursday at 7 p.m.