Amherst Places Third at 2010 Hall of Fame Tournament

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Rachel Yorke had 72 digs in two matches today
to earn All-Tournament honors.

NORTHAMPTON, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team had its 16-match win streak snapped this afternoon in its second round game at the 2010 Hall of Fame Tournament, falling to Bowdoin 3-1 at Smith College. The Lord Jeffs rebounded with a 3-1 win over Tufts to finish in third place at the 16-team tournament for the second straight season.

In the first match of the day, Amherst came up short against the Polar Bears, denying the Jeffs a new program record for best start to the season. Bowdoin edged Amherst 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, and 28-26 to drop the Jeffs to 19-2 on the year. Amherst was able to pull out its 20th win of the season with the win over Tufts by scores of 25-23, 25-18, 12-25, 25-18. With a record of 20-2, Amherst head coach Sue Everden led Amherst to a fifth straight season of at least 20 wins.

In the loss to Bowdoin, Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) led the team with 16 kills and two blocks. Cristy Meier (San Anselmo, CA) had 14 huge kills of her own, while Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) added 13 kills and a pair of blocks. Senior Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) led the defense with 32 digs and an ace, while Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) and Devin Pence (Los Angeles, CA) combined for 35 digs. Sophomore setter Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA) dished out 49 helpers in the loss.

In the nightcap, Meier took over the lead role for the Lord Jeff offense, blasting home 15 kills to go along with four blocks. Kanoff added another 10 kills, while Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) and Hyman combined for 14 kills. Neilson had her hand in 47 assists, while Camp had 22 digs for the second straight match. Yorke controlled the floor once again with 40 more digs against Tufts, earning her All-Tournament honors.

The Lord Jeffs will return to Smith College on Wednesday night for a single match against the Pioneers at 7 p.m.