Jeffs Pick Up Pair of NESCAC Wins at Tufts Invitational
Junior Sara Heller dished out 110
assists this weekend at Tufts.
Playing their first conference match of the season, the Jeffs started strong with a 30-12 victory in the first game. Hamilton bounced back nicely with a 30-22 win in the second game. However, Amherst outlasted the Continentals 30-28 in the third game and took the match with a 30-22 win in the fourth.
The Jeffs remain undefeated overall at 5-0. Junior setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) had a productive evening, finishing with 50 assists. The defensive leader for Amherst was senior tri-captain Julie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) with 17 digs.
Hamilton distributed its offense, with Jo Fier leading in kills with 10 and junior Kristen Selden and first-year Jori Belkin tallying nine apiece. The digs leaders for Hamilton were junior Amber O_Connor with 17 and sophomore Michelle Fisher with 13.
In Amherst’s second match of the tournament, the Jeffs came back from a game down early to earn a 3-1 victory over Middlebury College.
The Panthers, playing their first conference match of the season, posted a 30-27 win in the first game. However, Amherst rallied to win the next three games 30-28, 30-13 and 30-24 to win the match. The Jeffs remain undefeated overall at 6-0 and in NESCAC at 2-0. Middlebury falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Heller continued to be the catalyst of the Amherst offense with 60 assists in the four games. Senior tri-captain Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) was her favorite target and finished with 23 kills.
DeMais was also a contributor on defense with 15 digs, a category in which first-year Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) led Amherst with 29. The Panthers were paced by nine kills apiece from senior co-captain Lexie Fisher and classmate Lindsay Patterson. First-year Lauren Barrett had 33 assists. On defense, both junior Reisa Bloch and Natalie DuPre were credited with 20 digs.
Amherst returns to action at Emerson College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.