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AMHERST, Mass. – Maggie Danner '17 posted a double-double with a game-high 13 kills and 10 digs but the Amherst women's volleyball team dropped its home opener Friday night in a 3-0 loss to Bowdoin College by the scores of 28-26, 25-17 and 25-20.
The Jeffs are now 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the NESCAC while the Polar Bears improved to 7-3 and 1-0 in the conference.
Amherst came out strong to start the match and jumped out to an early 9-5 lead. However, Bowdoin retaliated with three consecutive points and later tied the set at 11-11. The Polar Bears' rally set the tone for a highly intense and competitive first set.
Tied at 14-14, Nicole Gould '17 recorded a kill to spark a 3-0 Jeffs' run. Amherst maintained a three-point lead and forced Bowdoin to call its second timeout, trailing 22-19. Following the break, the Polar Bears rallied to score four of the next five points. The set went back and forth down the stretch. After another Gould kill put Amherst ahead 26-25, Bowdoin finished strong with three consecutive points to take the set 28-26.
The second set started out much like the first as both teams traded points early and often. Tied at 8-8, the Jeffs put together a three-point rally but quickly saw that lead vanish when Bowdoin scored four of the next five points. The Polar Bears took their first lead of the second set up 14-13 and never looked back. Then ended the set on an 8-1 run to win 25-17.
It was all Bowdoin in the third and final set as they forced Amherst to call an early timeout when trailing 9-4. Despite a 6-0 run, the Jeffs couldn't hold off the Polar Bear's attack and eventually dropped the match with a 25-18 defeat. They have now lost four straight to their NESCAC rival.
The Jeffs host a tri-match tomorrow, September 21 against Bates College and Endicott College. The first game features a 12 p.m. contest between Amherst and Bates, followed by Bates and Endicott at 2 p.m. and Amherst and Endicott at 4 p.m.