Jeffs Advance Past Conn. College, 3-1

Jeffs Advance Past Conn. College, 3-1

MEDFORD, Mass. – The third-seeded Amherst College volleyball team posted a 3-1 (20-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-13) victory over No. 6 Conn. College in Friday evening's NESCAC Quarterfinal match hosted by Tufts University.

With the win, Amherst (21-6) advances to the semifinals to take on No. 2 Williams College at 3:30 p.m.

Maggie Danner '17 was terrific in the win, downing 18 kills on 37 attempts with just four mishits en route to a .378 hitting percentage. Nicole Gould '17 and Jennifer Mackinnon Krems '18 added consistent offensive power behind Danner, knocking down nine kills each, while Marialexa Natsis '18 and Asha Walker '18 added six kills each.

Nicole Carter '16 and Kate Bres '17 handed out 25 and 20 assists respectively, while junior libero Katie Warshaw '16 registered a match-high 22 digs. Walker followed with 13 digs, Bres and Kelci Keeno '17 added 10 digs each, and Carter contributed seven digs. Walker also served up five aces.

Andrea Mullaney led Conn. College with nine kills, followed by seven from Sam Hunter, six kills from Gabi Taylor and five from Caroline Martin. Katia Elisman and Emily Aterbury combined for 31 of the team's 32 assists, while Chloe Ainley chipped in a team-best 18 digs. Martin added 15 digs in the losing effort, while Ella Johnson finished with three total blocks.

With the opening set tied at 18-18, Conn. College used a 7-2 run to capture the first frame, capped by a kill from Johnson.

From there, Amherst responded by staking the next three stanzas in convincing fashion. Leading 21-14 in the second set, four straight points, highlighted by three Camels' errors and a kill by Gould allowed the Jeffs to even the match at 1-1.

In the third period, Amherst roared out to a 24-10 advantage before Conn. College rallied for a pair of points. A Walker kill gave the Purple & White a 25-12 victory and a 2-1 lead in the contest.

The Jeffs opened up another insurmountable lead, racing to a 23-13 cushion before a service error allowed Amherst to complete the 3-1 win and advance to the semifinals.