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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Head coach Sue Everden notched her 600th career win with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-20) sweep of Rivier as the Amherst volleyball team finished second out of six teams at the Springfield Invitational.
The Jeffs got the day started with a decisive 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-9) victory over Simmons in round robin play, before defeating Rivier in the tournament semifinals. Amherst's run would come to an end however, falling to host Springfield for the second time in as many days, 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) in the invitational championship.
In her 28th season at the helm of the Amherst program, Everden has posted a 600-240 overall record that includes 20, 20-plus win seasons. Amassing a career-high 30 wins in 1995 and 2007, Everden has helped lead the Jeffs to six NCAA Championship appearances and 14 NESCAC Tournament berths, taking home titles in 1999, 2000 and 2006.
Leading the Purple & White on the afternoon was sophomore Nicole Carter, who racked up 58 assists, 23 digs and five blocks in three matches. Earning All-Tournament honors for her efforts, Carter averaged 6.0 assists per set over invitational play.
Maggie Danner '17 paved the way for the Amherst attack, averaging a team-high 2.92 kills (35 total), while Nicole Gould '17 added 24 kills. Lauren Antion '15 had 22 kills and 13 digs, while Katie Warshaw '15 collected a team-best 46 digs in the tournament's four matches.
Amherst 3, Simmons 0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-9)
Notching a match-high 13 kills, Danner led the Jeffs to a 3-0 sweep in Saturday's opener. Hitting .323 in the first set, the Jeffs took an early lead with a 25-18 win. Taking the second 25-11, Amherst connected on .308 of its swings in the final frame en route to a 25-9 victory.
Jackie Buechler '17 finished with 10 kills and five digs, while Carter dished out 25 assists. Bres led the Jeffs' defensive efforts with 12 digs.
Amherst 3, Rivier 0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-20)
Edging out a hard-fought 25-22 victory in the first, Amherst took a commanding 2-0 set lead in the tournament semifinals with a 25-13 triumph in the second. Looking to close things out, the Jeffs held off Rivier in the third, winning 25-20.
Antion paced the team, hitting .435 with 11 kills and seven digs, while Danner had nine kills. Warshaw and Kelly LaCour-Conant '14 finshed with 13 and 10 digs, respectively, while Carter had 20 assists. Nicole Peacock '14 led Rivier with nine kills, while Jessica Amaral '14 had 28 digs. Emily O'Reilly '16 chipped in with 24 assists.
Springfield 3, Amherst 0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17)
Managing just a .107 attack rate in the first, Amherst fell behind Springfield in the championship with a 25-12 opening frame loss. Hitting .375 in the second set, the Pride increased their cushion with a 25-15 victory before closing things out with a 25-17 win in the third.
Gould led Amherst with nine kills and three digs, while Warshaw had 13 digs. Carter turned in another solid performance with 13 assists and 10 digs.
Kelsey McGayhey '16 led a trio of Springfield players in double-digit kills with 14, joined by teammates Tessa Smolinski '14 and Lauren Holt '17, who had 13 and 11, respectively. Whitney Miller '15 handed out 37 helpers, while Meghan Kinee '17 picked up 12 digs.