Jeffs Soar Past Wesleyan, 3-0

Jeffs Soar Past Wesleyan, 3-0

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Amherst College's Maggie Danner '17 smashed a match-high 16 kills and three players finished with double-digit digs as the Jeffs notched a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) victory over Wesleyan University in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC women's volleyball match at Silloway Gym.

With the win, Amherst improves to 8-2 on the season, 2-0 in NESCAC play, while Wesleyan slides to 6-3 overall, 0-2 in league action.

Danner paced the Jeffs with 16 kills on 37 swings with just four miscues (.324 hitting percentage) and added 13 digs, while Kelci Keeno '17 and Asha Walker '18 notched 13 and 11 digs respectively. Setter Nicole Carter '16 directed the offensive efforts with 23 assists and eight digs, while Kate Bres '17 added six assists and nine digs.

Nicole Gould '17 chipped in eight kills, and Lizzie Ahern '16 finished with six kills, while Lauren Antion '15 and Marialexa Natsis '18 contributed four kills each in the win. Carter served up three of the Jeffs' five aces in the contest, and Ahern registered the team's lone block.

Tyla Taylor paced Wesleyan in defeat with 15 kills, Claire Larson dished out a match-high 28 assists, and Rachel Savage collected a match-best 22 digs. Taylor and Natalie Wildenradt followed with 11 and 10 digs each, and Naja Lewis contributed three solo blocks.

After going ahead, 1-0 in the match, the Jeffs continued their dominant play early in the second set by taking a 6-2 lead. Amherst maintained a lead throughout until Wesleyan tied the set at 19-19 with a 12-8 run. The Cardinals then took a 24-22 lead before the Purple & White finished the set on a 4-0 spurt to win in dramatic fashion, 26-24.

The final frame began with four straight points for Amherst, a lead it would not relinquish. The Jeffs kept their pace and extended the score to 8-4, and then 14-6 with an 8-2 run. Wesleyan pulled to within four at 22-18 , with a 12-8 run of its own, but again, Amherst was able to sustain its pressure and end the set 25-18 with a 3-0 run to close out the set and secure the sweep.

Amherst returns to NESCAC action when its host archrival Williams in its 2014 home-opener at LeFrak Gymnasium at 7 p.m.