Amherst Shut Out by Middlebury for First Loss of 2010

Erin Camp '11 had a team-high 16 digs.

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst College volleyball team opened its NESCAC schedule with a 3-0 loss to Middlebury College (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) Friday evening in Pepin Gym, dropping the Lord Jeffs to 3-1 (0-1) on the season. The Panthers improve to 5-1 (1-0), with each of their five wins coming in shutout fashion.

Amherst entered the match ranked fifth in the New England Women’s Volleyball Association Regional Poll, while Middlebury was ranked 13th. The Jeffs posted a 1-1 record against the Panthers during the 2009 regular season before defeating them in the conference quarterfinals.

Sophomore setter Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA) had 25 assists and 10 digs for the Jeffs. Erin Camp ’11 (Santa Monica, CA) led the defense with 16 digs, with Rachel Yorke ’11 (Los Angeles, CA) adding 11, Devin Pence ’14 (Los Angeles, CA) recording 10 and Kristin Keeno ’13 (Honolulu, HI) chipping in with six.

Pacing the attack was Cristy Meier ’12 (San Anselmo, CA) with nine kills. Laura Hyman ’11 (Glencoe, IL) and Mary Reiser ’12 (New York, NY) combined for 11 kills and each had two solo blocks, while Jackie Berkley ’11 (Fullerton, CA) and Katherine Kanoff ’12 (Pacific Palisades, CA) had two kills apiece.

Amherst was unable to get into a rhythm at any point during the match. The Jeffs kept things close in the third set and were tied at 18-18, but the Panthers finished strong to wrap up the shutout.

The Lord Jeffs will remain in Middlebury to take on Saint Michael’s College Saturday at 11 a.m.