Amherst Comes from Behind to Earn 3-2 Win at Trinity

Rachel Yorke '11 had 38 digs in the win.

From a Trinity College release

HARTFORD, CT - The Amherst College volleyball team traveled to face NESCAC rival Trinity College this evening in a rare mid-week conference tilt. For the third time this season, and the second consecutive match, the Lord Jeffs fell behind 2-0 before pulling out three straight wins for a 3-2 victory.

After dropping the first two sets 23-25 and 18-25, the Lord Jeffs edged the Bantams in a trio of close sets (25-20, 27-25, 15-11).  Amherst, ranked No. 10 in New England, improves to 17-4 overall and 6-2 in the NESCAC, while the Bantams, ranked No. 15 in the region, fall to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the league with their second loss in a row.

Trinity rolled to a 2-0 lead, scoring five of the final eight points for a 25-23 win in the first set, and jumping to a 14-3 lead in the second set en route to a 25-18 triumph. Amherst rallied and led almost start-to-finish in the third set, finishing with a 25-20 win, but the teams played even during an exciting fourth set. The score was tied seven times from 19-19 to 25-25, before a kill by sophomore Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) and a block by junior middle hitter Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) gave Amherst a 27-25 win and tied the match at 2-2.  

In the fifth set, Trinity raced out to a 7-2 lead, as sophomore Kelly O’Brien made three kills during the opening run. Amherst battled back and outscored Trinity, 13-4, the rest of the way to secure the 15-11 win in the set and a 3-2 triumph in the match.

Trinity sophomore Sarah Blagden amassed team-highs of 16 kills, against just three errors, 27 digs, and a pair of blocks, while first-year outside hitter Danielle Isaman added 14 kills, 22 digs, and four blocks, and junior co-captain Kristen Anderson collected 12 kills, 23 assists, 13 digs, and five blocks.  Sophomore setter Jen Low had 27 assists, 15 digs, and two aces, and O’Brien and classmate Courtney Chaloff each made six blocks for the Bantams.

Kanoff and Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) finished the night with 19 kills apiece to lead Amherst, while junior setter Katherine Jordan (Los Altos, CA) had 46 assists and junior tri-captain libero Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) added 38 digs for Amherst.