Jeffs Sweep Season Series Against Westfield with 3-0 Win

Laura Hyman
Laura Hyman had eight kills and five blocks in the win.

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College volleyball team swept the 2009 season series against Westfield State College with a 3-0 win this evening at LeFrak Gymnasium in non-conference play. The Lord Jeffs improved to 15-3 with the victory, winning 25-17, 25-18 and 25-19 to drop Westfield State to 12-13.

Amherst continued its dominance in the series with the pair of wins in 2009, increasing its record against the Owls to 21-0 in since 1999. During that span, the Lord Jeffs have not surrendered a single set to Westfield State.

Amherst looked dominant in the opening set, hitting at a blazing .542 clip with 15 kills and just two errors on 24 total attacks. During the frame, sophomore Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) and rookie Emily Waterhouse (Sherman Oaks, CA) each had four kills.

In the second set, Westfield State opened up a 5-1 lead to start, before Meier pounded home an emphatic kill off a feed from first-year Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA). Amherst rolled back to take an 8-6 lead, with Meier registering four kills during the comeback run. The Lord Jeffs held on to take the middle set 25-18, with Meier killing off seven points in the stanza.

The third set was another competitive frame, with Westfield getting solid contributions from Rachel Ryan and Ally Ranniko. Amherst held off their local foes for a 25-19 victory to take home the result.

As the final point was scored, Meier finished with a match-high 19 kills with Waterhouse supporting the cause with nine kills. Junior Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) added eight kills and five blocks in the win, while Neilson and Katherine Jordan (Los Altos Hills, CA) combined for 40 assists. Junior tri-captain Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) had a match-high 13 digs to lead the Amherst defense. Westfield was led by Alex Shaw with nine kills, while senior Stephanie Bartkus added five kills and six digs.

Amherst will take to the road for the next five matches with a trio of NESCAC contests and the Hall of Fame Tournament at nearby Smith College on the horizon. The Jeffs will return home for the final weekend of the regular season on October 30-31 when they will host Bowdoin and Tufts in conference play.