Volleyball Falls to Bowdoin 3-0 at Home on Senior Night

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Bethany Belisle was honored this evening as the lone
Lord Jeff senior on Senior Night.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team dropped a NESCAC matchup against rival Bowdoin College 3-0 this evening at LeFrak Gymnasium in Amherst, Mass. The Lord Jeffs fell 25-23, 25-22 and 25-15 to be swept for just the third time this season, but the second time in the last three matches.

Prior to this evening’s match, Amherst honored senior tri-captain Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) who is taking the court this weekend for her final regular season matches for the Lord Jeffs. After this evening’s loss, Amherst has posted a 99-24 record during Belisle’s career, which includes a NESCAC Championship, an NCAA Elite Eight appearance and a 30-win season. The senior defensive specialist is having another great year for the Lord Jeffs, entering the evening with a 2.85 digs/set average.

In the opening set, Amherst saw the Polar Bears jump out to an early 10-3 lead on some sloppy hitting by the Lord Jeffs. Trailing seven points, Belisle went to the back to serve for the Lord Jeffs. With their lone senior serving, Amherst rolled off seven straight scores to draw even at 10-10. The Polar Bears were forced to call a time out trailing 18-14 as Amherst had gone on a 15-4 run.

Coming out of the timeout, Bowdoin rallied to win the opening set 25-23 in a heartbreaker. In the second set, Bowdoin’s front line of Kelsey Howe, Stephanie Drumright and Kristin Hanczor caused problems for Amherst’s outside hitters, as the Polar Bear blocks began to pile up. Amherst battled all the way to the last point in the frame, but saw Bowdoin edge out another set win 25-22.

In the third and final stanza, Amherst seemed to have the wind taken out its sails. Bowdoin registered 15 kills on just 31 attacks in the frame, posting a .355 hitting percentage, while Amherst had nearly as many errors (8) as kills (9) en route to a 0.30 average.

On the day, the Jeffs were paced by Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL), Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) and Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) with eight kills apiece. Katherine Jordan (Los Altos Hills, CA) dished out 23 assists for Amherst, while Belisle and Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) added 12 and 16 digs, respectively. Bowdoin was led offensively by Gillian Page with nine kills, while How, Drumright and Haskell combined for 21 kills and 14 blocks.

Amherst will wrap up the regular season tomorrow against Tufts University at 11 a.m., before Bowdoin squares off against Trinity in the nightcap.