Amherst Sweeps Smith 3-0 on the Road

Callie Neilson had 37 assists as Amherst
swept Smith 3-0 on the road.

NORTHAMPTON, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team swept local rival Smith College 3-0 this evening at Ainsworth Gym in Northampton, Mass. The Lord Jeffs (21-2) proved to be too much for the Pioneers (3-20), winning 25-7, 25-13, and 25-10.

In the opening set, Amherst jumped out to a 7-3 lead on an unassisted kill by senior tri-captain Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA). After a ball handling error on the Pioneers put Amherst up 9-3, Smith head coach Angela Mills (Amherst ’95) was forced to call an early timeout. Amherst’s lead swelled to 14-4 on a kill by Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, CA) to force another Smith timeout. The Jeffs cruised to a 25-7 win in the first set, closing out the frame on a hitting error by the Pioneers.

Amherst’s offense picked up right where it left off to open the second frame, running out to an 11-4 lead. With senior Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) serving, the Lord Jeffs hit their stride as the lead grew to double-digits at 14-4. Smith closed the gap to 17-10 on three consecutive service aces by Laurel Belton, before Amherst senior Laura Hyman (Glencoe, IL) responded with a kill for the Jeffs. Amherst scored eight of the final 11 points of the set, winning the second frame 25-13.

Amherst’s lead sat at 10-3 in the third and final set when Smith called its first timeout. The Jeffs lead grew to 20-7 with head coach Sue Everden giving valuable playing experience to rookies Megan McCafferty (Tyngsboro, MA) and Claire Hoffman (Spokane, WA) and sophomore Abigail Hunter (Kentfield, CA). Alongside sophomore Kristin Keeno (Honolulu, HI), who continues to work back from injury, McCafferty, Hoffman and Hunter helped the Jeffs close out the third frame 25-10.

The Lord Jeffs were led offensively by Meier and Kanoff and with 10 and seven kills, respectively. Berkley and Hyman combined for eight kills and six blocks, while Hunter and McCafferty teamed for another seven kills. Senior Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) led the defense with 14 digs, while Camp added 11 digs of her own. Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA) dished out 37 assists in the win as well.

Amherst will wrap up the 2010 regular season this weekend with matches against NESCAC and Little Three archrival Williams and Hamilton on Friday and Saturday.