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AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst women's volleyball team swept its competition Saturday with 3-0 wins against Bates College and Endicott College respectively in the tri-match at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the wins, the Jeffs improved to 8-4 overall and 1-1 in the NESCAC. Bates, after dropping to Endicott in the 2 p.m. match, fell to 6-6 on the season and 0-2 in the conference. Endicott went 1-1 on the day and is 6-8 overall.
The Jeffs return to the court Thursday, September 26 when they visit Williams for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Amherst 3, Bates 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-15)
Amherst came out strong in the first match and went on an 8-2 run against the Bobcats to take an early 11-4 lead. The Jeffs had the momentum from the beginning and never looked, eventually taking the first set 25-12.
They carried that performance into the second set and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Despite retaliation from Bates to trail 8-7, Amherst put together a 6-0 run followed by a 12-4 run later in the set and pulled away 25-17.
The first match was a series of runs by the Jeffs as they opened the third and final set up 6-1. Following a kill from Samantha Newby '16, Amherst controlled a commanding 21-11 lead and would go on to win the set by 10 as well (25-15).
Nicole Gould '17 led the team offensively in the first match with 13 kills and a .409 hitting percentage while Nicole Carter '16 controlled the tempo with 30 assists. The Jeffs held Bates to a .011 hitting percentage.
Amherst 3, Endicott 0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-20)
Despite the break in action, Amherst's momentum carried into the final match of the day against Endicott as they scored eight straight points to take an early 9-1 lead. They continued to put points on the board and went ahead 16 following a seven-point rally, their biggest lead of the day (20-4). They would take the first set 25-11.
The Jeffs handled Endicott in the final two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-20 respectively, and, much like their NESCAC rival, held the Gulls to a low hitting percentage of .021. Maggie Danner '17, Lauren Antion '15 and Carter set the tone for the Amherst offense. Danner tallied a game-high 12 kills, Antion registered 10 and Carter dished out a game-high 33 assists.