Jeffs Edged by Middlebury; Tufts Blanks Hamilton in NESCAC Quad

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College volleyball team suffered a narrow 3-2 loss to conference rival Middlebury College, while Tufts University swept Hamilton College, 3-0, in Saturday afternoon action at a NESCAC Quad hosted by Amherst College. Middlebury then blanked Hamilton in the final match of the day, 3-0. 

Amherst dropped the first two games to Middlebury, 30-23, 30-25, but battled back to take the next two in convincing fashion, 30-18, 30-20. The Panthers responded by winning the final, 15-10, to clinch the victory. Sophomore Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) led the way for the Jeffs, posting 14 kills, 14 digs, and four aces, while rookie setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) tallied 56 assists, seven digs and an ace. Junior Kristin Quinn (Pacific Palisades, CA) added 13 kills and five blocks and senior tri-captain Kate Raddock (Stamford, CT) contributed 12 digs. 

Sophomore Lexie Fisher (San Francisco, CA) paced the Middlebury attack, notching 16 kills and six blocks, while senior libero Jamie Wong (San Francisco, CA) chipped in 26 digs to lead the defense. Junior setter Lacee Patterson (Aspen, CO) dished out 42 assists and added 16 digs.

In other quad action, Tufts cruised past Hamilton, 30-15, 30-21, 30-19. Senior Michelle Butler (Easton, CT) and junior Allie Massaro (Lewiston, NY) tallied 12 kills apiece to pace the Continentals, while sophomore Jessica Schneidman (Katonah, NY)posted 12 digs and senior setter Tracy Zaino (White House Station, NJ) chipped in 8 assists and an ace. 

In the final match of the day, Middlebury swept Hamilton , 30-21, 30-21, 30-16. Fisher led the way again for the Panthers, posting 11 kills, while Patterson served up two aces and dished out 35 assists. Wong tallied 15 digs, and senior Jackie Edwards (Oakland, CA) posted six blocks. 

Massaro and Butler led the Continentals again, notching six kills apiece, while rookie Kristen Selden (Southborough, MA)chipped in three blocks. Senior defensive specialist Dee Martin (Bronx, NY) led the Hamilton defense, tallying 21 digs. 

The Jeffs fell to 10-6 (2-2 NESCAC) on the season, while the Panthers moved to 9-5 (4-1 NESCAC), the Jumbos to 15-3 (3-1 NESCAC) and the Continentals to 4-14 (0-7 NESCAC).

Amherst returns to action Tuesday at 7 p.m. against visiting non-conference foe Westfield State College.