Amherst Falls to Trinity in NESCAC Quarterfinals
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Now 20-7 overall after a quarterfinal loss to Trinity, Amherst will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Despite 16 kills from Cristy Meier ’12 (San Anselmo, Calif.), the fifth-seeded Amherst women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19) loss to No. 4 Trinity in a NESCAC Championship quarterfinal match hosted by Bowdoin.
After dropping the first set 25-19, Amherst held the Trinity attack to a .137 hitting percentage en route to a hard-fought 25-23 win in the second. The Bantams responded by registering a .444 swing rate in a 25-14 third set triumph before closing out the match with a 25-19 victory in the fourth.
Amherst senior KC Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) finished with 12 kills and 14 digs, while Kristin Keeno ’13 (Honolulu, Hawaii) collected 33 assists and 16 digs. Devin Pence ’14 (Los Angeles, Calif.) totaled a match-high 28 digs, while first-year Kellyn Conant (Houston, Texas) added 10 digs.
Hannah Brickley ’14 led Trinity with a match-best 20 kills and 13 digs, while Danielle Isaman ’13 tallied 11 spikes. Jennifer Low ’12 dished out 49 assists, while Sarah Blagden ’12 tallied 25 digs.
With the loss the Lord Jeffs fell to 20-7 overall on the season, while the Bantams improved to 19-8 on the year. Having advanced to the semifinals in each of the past five seasons, tonight’s setback against the Bantams marks the Jeffs’ first loss in the conference quarterfinals since 2005.
The third meeting between the two squads in the league championship, Amherst won the prior two postseason matchups in 2000 (3-1) and 2006 (3-0). With the win Trinity advanced to Saturday’s semifinal against host Bowdoin, while Amherst must now hope for an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Over the past four seasons, Meier has recorded 1,352 career kills, averaging over 3.33 spikes per set while hitting .280. Alongside fellow seniors Mary Reiser (New York, N.Y.) and Kanoff, who ranks amongst a select few in program history with at least 1,000 kills and digs, Amherst has posted an 87-27 overall mark, advancing to the NESCAC semifinals on three occasions while earning an NCAA Tournament berth last season.