Amherst Wins Pair at NESCAC Quad

Erin Camp
Erin Camp had 11 digs and a pair of aces in
a win over Hamilton.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Williams College last night to sweep a pair of NESCAC matches at day two of this weekend’s NESCAC Quad in Williamstown. The Lord Jeffs started the day with a commanding 3-0 win over Hamilton College, before avenging a loss from last weekend with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Middlebury.

In the day’s first match, Amherst rolled over Hamilton College in three sets, winning 25-10, 25-9 and 25-9. In the win, Amherst used a balanced attack to get the job done without taxing its starting line-up before facing Middlebury just an hour after the conclusion of the match. Setters Katherine Jordan (Los Altos Hills, CA) and Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA) dished out 16 and 13 assists, respectively, while Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) and Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) knocked home 10 and eight kills, respectively.

Junior Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) had six kills and four blocks against Hamilton, while senior tri-captain Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) had a team high 11 digs.

In the second match of the afternoon, Amherst fell behind Middlebury early by dropping the first two sets 25-15 and 25-20. The Lord Jeffs turned the match around in the third set, winning a close bout 25-23, before pulling off 25-21 and 15-12 wins in the fourth and fifth sets.

In the Middlebury win, Meier led the way with 19 kills, while Kanoff added 13 kills and eight digs. Neilson paced the setters with 28 more assists, while Jordan added 13 helpers. Junior Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) played well as a defensive specialist with 25 digs, while classmate Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) added 11 digs to go along with a pair of aces.

Amherst improves to 10-3 (4-1 NESCAC) on the year with the win, and will play just a single mid-week match against local rival Smith College on Wednesday evening. After facing Smith in the 2009 “Battle of the Bridge,” the Lord Jeffs will play in the Crabtree Classic as ECSU next weekend.