Volleyball Edged by No. 24 MIT, 3-2 in NCAA Second Round

Volleyball Edged by No. 24 MIT, 3-2 in NCAA Second Round

INTERACTIVE BRACKET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team was edged, 3-2 (23-25, 25-12, 20-25, 25-16, 15-9) by regional host No. 24 MIT in Saturday afternoon's NCAA Division III Championship Second Round match at Rockwell Cage in Cambridge, Mass.


RECORDS
Amherst (23-5)
MIT (30-3)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amherst was led by Maggie Danner '17 who registered a team-high 14 kills, followed by 11 kills from Lizzie Ahern '16, and 10 apiece from Marialexa Natsis '18 and Nicole Gould '17. Nicole Carter '16 dished out 42 assists, while Katie Warshaw '16 led the defensive effort with a match-high 27 digs.
  • Hayes Honea '19 added 13 digs, while Kelci Keeno '17 and Asha Walker '18 rounded out four Purple & White players with double-digit digs with 11 and 10 respectively. At the net, Samantha Newby '16 led Amherst with four assisted blocks and one solo stuff, while Ahern, Danner and Natsis provided two assisted blocks each. Carter and Newby combined for five service aces in the losing effort.
  • MIT was led by Megan Gebhard who floored a match-best 28 kills and hit at a .474 clip. Abby Bertics chipped in 11 kills, while Lisette Tellez finished with nine kills. Fiona Tanuwidjaja dished out 51 of the team's 59 assists to key the victory.
  • Tori Wuthrich led the Engineers with 21 digs, followed by 19 from Tellez, and 18 from Clare Farley. Carly Silvernale contributed 13 digs to give the hosts four players in double figure digs.  
  • With the match knotted at 1-1, MIT opened up a 10-4 lead early in the pivotal third set. Amherst chipped away at the deficit, scoring 15 of the next 24 points to even the set at 19-19 as Danner capped the stretch with a kill. The Purple & White took the lead on a service ace by Carter, and Danner and Newby combined on a block to give Amherst a 21-19 edge. A kill by Tellez pulled the Engineers back to within one at 21-20, but kills by Danner and Ahern, a block from Newby and Ahern, and a solo block by Newby allowed the visitors to notch the come-from-behind set three win, and take a 2-1 lead in the contest.  
  • In a back-and-forth fourth stanza, MIT, clinging to a 16-13 lead, scored four straight points, capped by a Tellez kill to stake a 20-13 cushion. Amherst responded by scoring three of the next four points as Gould and Natsis each tallied a kill, but the Engineers pulled away to a 25-16 win backed by two kills from Tellez, and one from Alli Davanzo to level the match at two sets apiece.
  • In the decisive fifth frame, MIT sprinted out to an early, 5-0 lead and quickly extended the advantage to 10-3 on a kill by Gebhard. The Purple & White answered with a 5-2 run to pull to within four at 12-8, but that's as close as Amherst could get as MIT scored three of the next four points, capped by a kill from Davanzo to send the Engineers to a 3-2 win and a third round meeting with Bowdoin College.  

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Amherst moves to 8-7 overall in NCAA tournament action, and now stands at 2-2 against MIT in NCAA postseason play.
  • The Purple & White's senior class of Ahern, Carter, Newby and Warshaw conclude their careers with an overall record of 78-29, including three consecutive 20-plus win seasons (2013, 2014, 2015); three straight NESCAC semifinal appearances (2013, 2014, 2015); and an NCAA Championship tournament appearance.
  • Warshaw was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for the Cambridge, Mass. Regional.

UP NEXT

  • MIT will meet Bowdoin in NCAA Third Round action Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Rockwell Cage. The winner advances to the quarterfinals in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Amherst concludes its stellar 2015 campaign, 23-5 overall.

NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
First Round – Friday, November 13 (at MIT)

Match 1
 - Babson 3, vs. Roger Williams 0 
Match 2
 - Bowdoin 3 vs. UMass-Boston 0
Match 3
 - Amherst 3 vs. Johnson & Wales 0
Match 4
 - MIT 3 vs. Regis 0 

Second Round – Saturday, November 14 (at MIT)
Match 5
 – Babson 1 vs. Bowdoin 3
Match 6
 – Amherst 2 at MIT 3  

Third Round – Sunday, November 15 (at MIT)
Match 7
 - Bowdoin at MIT – 2 p.m.