AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team picked up a split during day two action of the 2014 Hall of Fame volleyball tournament. The Jeffs fell to MIT, 3-1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-16, 25-20) and swept Brandeis University, 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-19) at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the split, Amherst improves to 18-6 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, October 31 when it hosts NESCAC rival Bowdoin College at 8 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst first-year Marialexa Natsis was named to the all-tournament team after smashing 16 kills on 27 attempts with just two errors to record a stellar .519 hitting percentage during the Jeffs' three matches.
MIT 3, Amherst 1
After MIT posted a 25-18 victory in the opening set, Amherst answered with a 25-15 showing the second frame, highlighted by an assisted block from Annika Reczek '18 and Jennifer Mackinnon Krems '18, and a kill by Reczek to close out the set and level the match. However, the Engineers were able to clinch the next two stanzas and notch a 3-1 victory.
Maggie Danner '17 led the Jeffs with 12 kills, while Nicole Carter '16 and Kate Bres '17 dished out 17 and 10 assists respectively. Katie Warshaw '16 and Asha Walker '18 collected 15 and 12 digs each.
MIT was led by Megan Gebhard who registered a match-high 17 kills, while Jenny Astrachan added 14. Nicole Gagnier dished out 41 assists and added 11 digs.
Tori Wuthrich chipped in a match-best 18 digs, followed by 17 from Clare Farley and 14 from Lisette Tellez.
Amherst 3, Brandeis 0
Danner led all hitters in the sweep of Brandeis with 10 kills, followed by six from Lizzie Ahern '16 and five each from Walker and Nicole Gould '17. Carter paced the offense with 15 of the Purple & White's 29 assists, while she and Warshaw served up four aces each.
Warshaw led all players with 20 digs, and Bres added seven in the winning effort.
Brandeis was led by Jessie Moore who notched a team-high eight digs, while Shemira Pennyman tabbed six kills. Maggie Swenson handed out a match-high 16 assists, and Elise Bernaiche registered a team-high 11 digs.
All Tournament Team
Marialexa Natsis, Amherst
Christy Jewett, Bowdoin
Maddie Engler, Brandeis
Hannah Maymon, Bridgewater State
Emma Conadier, Hamilton
Becca Raffel, Middlebury
Megan Gebhard, MIT
Lauren Shaffer, Smith
Marnae Mawdsley, Springfield
Kate Giddens, Trinity
Izzy Kuhel, Tufts
Sydney Carfagno, Wellesley
Rachel Savage, Wesleyan
Kendyl Haney, Westfield State
Stephanie Martin, Wheaton
Raea Rasmussen, Williams