SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second straight year, the Amherst College women's volleyball team finished second at the season-opening Springfield Invitational.
After falling to Springfield on Friday evening, 3-2 in their first match of the invitational, the Jeffs (2-2) swept Johnson & Wales, 3-0 and posted a 3-1 victory over Stevens Tech on Saturday to advance to the championship match. For the second straight year, and the second time in as many days, Amherst fell to the Pride, this time 3-0.
Amherst 3, Johnson & Wales 0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-12)
In its match with Johnson & Wales, Maggie Danner '17 led all hitters with 12 kills, while setter Nicole Carter '16 registered 16 assists. The Jeffs also used seven assists from Kate Bres '17, 13 digs from Kelci Keeno '17 and 10 digs from libero Katie Warshaw '16.
Warshaw and Keeno served up three aces each to keep the Wildcats off pace, and Lizzie Ahern '16 and Jennifer Mackinnon-Krems '18 tabbed three assisted blocks each. First-year Kate Antion added seven digs in the winning effort and classmate Marialexa Natsis floored seven kills.
Amherst 3, Stevens Tech 1 (25-15, 25-10, 26-28, 25-23)
The Jeffs raced out to a two-set lead in their match with Stevens Tech, before the Ducks responded with a hard-fought 28-26 victory in the third set to stave off the sweep. Amherst answered in the fourth frame with a 25-23 win earning a spot in the invitational championship match against host Springfield.
Danner was terrific against Stevens, smashing 19 kills on 47 attempts with just four errors (.319) in addition to collecting 10 digs. Nicole Gould '17 chipped in 13 kills to help secure the win, Carter handed out 27 helpers and added 15 digs, and Bres added 16 helpers, while Warshaw was a force on the defensive side notching 24 digs.
Springfield 3, Amherst 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-17)
Against Springfield, Danner registered a team-high eight kills and Gould followed with seven. Carter and Bres combined to dish out 23 of the Jeffs' 28 assists, and Warshaw contributed a team-best 14 digs. Carter and Keeno chipped in eight digs each in the losing effort.
Amherst returns to action at the two-day Johnson & Wales Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 in Providence, R.I.