Amherst Opens Season With 3-0 Win at Wellesley

Laura Hyman
Senior tri-captain Laura Hyman had seven kills
on just nine total attempts.

WELLESLEY, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team opened up the 2010 season this evening playing against the hosts from Wellesley College at a four-team quad event. The Lord Jeffs took home a 3-0 win over the Blue Pride, winning both the first and third sets comfortably, while pulling out a 28-26 win in the middle frame.

The Jeffs cruised to a 25-15 win in the first set, with Wellesley registering nine hitting errors and just seven kills in the frame. Amherst’s front line was dominant in the second set, picking up 18 kills with just five errors for a .260 hitting percentage in the narrow victory. In the third and final set, Amherst closed the door on a possible comeback attempt from Wellesley, winning 25-18.

Junior Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) led the Amherst offense on the day with 11 kills and seven digs. Senior tri-captain Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) was impressive, registering seven kills on just nine total attacks for an eye-popping hitting percentage of .778 on the night.  Meier and Hyman combined for six of Amherst’s 10 blocks in the match as well.

Senior tri-captain Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) chipped in with three blocks of her own to go along with eight kills, while junior Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) added five kills in the win. Sophomore Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA) dished out 30 assists in the victory, while leading the team with 11 digs. Senior tri-captain Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) was second on the team with 10 digs in the effort.

Wellesley was paced offensively by nine kills from Elizabeth Campbell, and six kills from Taylor King. On the day, the Blue Pride had 31 kills to Amherst’s 38, but Wellesley could not overcome 24 hitting errors.

The result improves the Lord Jeffs to 1-0, while Wellesley falls to 0-2 on the year. Amherst will take on NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University tomorrow afternoon at Wellesley before returning home.