BRUNSWICK, Maine – The third-seeded Amherst College women's volleyball team advances to its third consecutive NESCAC Championship semifinal following a 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-15) victory over sixth-seeded Conn. College Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium on the campus of top-seeded Bowdoin College.
Conn. College (17-7)
- Amherst was led by the balanced offensive attack of Lizzie Ahern '16 and Maggie Danner '17 who finished with 12 and 11 kills respectively, while Katie Warshaw '16 and Nicole Carter '16 paced the defensive effort with 17 and 12 digs respectively.
- Carter also handed out 31 assists, Nicole Gould '17 finished with seven kills and seven digs, and Ahern provided nine digs in the winning effort. Hayes Honea '19 chipped in eight digs, while Marialexa Natsis '18 and Carter contributed two assisted blocks each.
- Conn. College was led by Sam Hunter who finished with eight kills, while Cailyn Straubel led three Camels with double digit digs (18). Caroline Martin followed with 13 digs, while Caroline Branigan chipped in 11.
- Katia Elisman notched 19 of the team's 22 assists in the loss.
- After edging Conn. College in the opening set, Amherst posted a 19-12 lead in the second set, and scored six straight points, highlighted by two kills from Danner, and one from Asha Walker '18 to give the Purple & White a 2-0 advantage in the contest.
- In the third frame, Amherst held a slim, 10-8 lead before exploding for 11 unanswered points to give the Purple & White a commanding 21-8 cushion. The run was fueled by three kills from Ahern, two from Danner, and a pair of service aces by Kelci Keeno '17. The Camels answered with a 6-1 run of its own to pull to within eight at 22-14 but it wasn't enough as Amherst closed out the 25-15 win to complete the sweep.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst has now advanced to three consecutive NESCAC semifinals, and four in the last six years since the Purple & White advanced to the tournament championship match in 2008.
- Amherst will take on second-seed and rival Williams College in the semifinals Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Morrell Gymnasium Saturday's match marks the second straight semifinal contest between the sides.
- Conn. College concludes its season with an overall record of 17-7.