Jeffs Cruise Past Johnson & Wales in Straight Sets

Senior tri-captain Bethany Belisle had seven digs in Amherst's win over Johnson & Wales.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team earned a 3-0 win over visiting Johnson & Wales University Tuesday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium. The Lord Jeffs increased their winning streak to four matches and improved to 6-1 (2-0 NESCAC) on the season, while the Wildcats dropped their second straight match to fall to 6-8 (1-0 GNAC).

Amherst won the match in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-13. The Jeffs are now a perfect 3-0 against Johnson & Wales this decade.

Amherst jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and led by as many as 11, but the Wildcats forced the hosts into a timeout when they made it 22-15. Junior middle hitter Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) got the Jeffs back on track with back-to-back kills and senior Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) finished things off with a service ace. Hyman looked impressive with five kills in the first set.

The second set was much closer in the early going, but Amherst gradually pulled away and forced Johnson & Wales to call timeouts while trailing 13-7 and 18-10. Sophomore Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) would provide the winning point this time on a kill from the left side. The third set mirrored the second with Amherst earning a 25-13 victory and Kanoff once again recording the winning hit.

Kanoff and Hyman each finished with seven kills in the match, but it was sophomore Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) who led the way with eight. Junior Katherine Jordan (Los Altos Hills, CA) had 25 assists, Belisle and junior Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) each had seven digs, and Kanoff finished with a match-high 12 digs.

Senior Catherine Bravo (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) led the Wildcats with eight kills, with sophomore Abbey Reedy (Cincinnati, OH) and senior tri-captain Ashley Constantino (Marlton, NJ) each adding four. First-year Kasey Higgins (Wallingford, CT) had 10 assists and six digs, Bravo added a team-high 10 digs, and Constantino and sophomore Katie Barrett (Manchester, NH) each had eight digs.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday, Sept. 25 when they kick off the Amherst Classic with a 7 p.m. match against Brandeis University. The Wildcats will travel to take on UMass Boston Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.