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AMHERST, Mass. – Four Jeffs tallied double-digit kills on Saturday as the Amherst volleyball team defeated Tufts, 3-1 at LeFrak Gymnasium. Leading the way was Maggie Danner '17 who posted a match-high 16 kills and added 13 digs.
Saturday's win ended a three-game skid against the Jumbos as Amherst improved to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in the NESCAC. Tufts has dropped two straight and are now 11-6 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
The Jeffs won by scores of 25-23, 15-25, 25-18 and 25-19. Nicole Gould '17, Lauren Antion '15 and Samantha Newby '16 registered 14, 13 and 10 kills respectively while Nicole Carter '16 dished out 50 assists to control the offense. Junior Hayley Hopper posted a team-high 13 kills for Tufts while classmate Isabel Kuhel added 11.
On the defensive side, five Jeffs registered double-digit digs led by sophomore Katie Washaw's match-high 26. Carter completed the double-double with 12 digs and Newby was a force at net with six total blocks. Four Jumbo players recorded double-digit digs with sophomore Carolina Berger leading the way with 24. Classmate Kyra Baum added 20 to go along with her 41 assists.
Amherst opened the match on a 4-0 run but Tufts responded to tie it 5-5, setting the tone early for a set that featured several lead changes. Following a block from Juliana Goodbar '15 and Mary Maccabee '17, the Jeffs were forced to call a timeout, trailing 16-12. Coming out of the break, the Jeffs outscored Tufts 10-6 to tie the set at 22-22. Tufts took the lead but Amherst retailed with three-straight as Antion tallied a kill to take the first set 25-22.
The Jumbos retaliated in a big way, rallying off 11 unanswered to take a commanding lead in the second stanza. Amherst went on an eight-point run of its own but the deficit was too large to overcome as Tufts took set two, 25-15.
The Jeffs trailed early in the third game but a kill from Antion tied it at 6-6. The teams traded points often until a Tufts attack error sparked a 5-0 Jeffs run as they pulled ahead 21-16. The Jumbos managed two more points but two kills and a block from Newby sealed the set (25-18) as Amherst took a 2-1 lead in the match.
With the momentum in the Jeffs favor, Amherst jumped out to an 11-8 lead to force a Tufts timeout in the fourth set. The Jeffs eventually pulled ahead 20-11 and despite a 7-2 run by the Jumbos, they would take the set 25-18 to claim a 3-1 win. Amherst has now won eight of its last 10 contests while Tufts dropped its second consecutive.
The Jeffs are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 9 to host Westfield State in a non-conference match starting at 7 p.m. Tufts returns to the court Friday, Oct. 11 for an 8 p.m. contest at Bates.