Jeffs Stifle Smith, 3-0
Courtesy of Smith Sports Information
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Lizzie Ahern ’16 buried a match-high 12 kills as the Amherst College volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-18) win over local opponent Smith College in non-conference competition on Wednesday evening at Ainsworth Gymnasium. The Lord Jeffs improved to 12-8 with the triumph while the Pioneers dipped to 7-18 overall.
Ahern led the Amherst attack en route to a .462 hitting percentage, while Lauren Antion ’15 and Emily Waterhouse ’13 added nine kills apiece. Nicole Carter ’16 tossed up 35 assists, while Kristin Keeno ’13 led the defensive effort with 21 digs. Carter and Waterhouse also reached double-figures in digs, with 11 and 10, respectively.
In the opening set, the teams traded points, as Smith took a 7-6 lead on a kill by Rosa Drummond, but Amherst responded with three straight points to take the lead. Smith tied the game at 12, but the Jeffs eventually served up a five point advantage thanks to Emily Waterhouse ’13. Another kill from Drummond pulled Smith within 23-19, but the Jeffs closed out the set with the final two points.
The second set saw a similar opening, as the Jeffs opened up a 6-4 lead when Smith served out of bounds, and a 4-0 burst for Amherst forced the Pioneers into a timeout with the score at 15-9. Smith would cut the deficit to 18-12, but the Jeffs scored seven of the final nine points for a 25-14 set win.
The Pioneers raced out to a 5-1 lead in set three, but the Jeffs responded with an 8-3 run to tie the set at 9-9. Two straight points for Smith restored the Pioneers' lead at 11-9, only to see Amherst explode for a 9-2 run that led to a Smith timeout. The Jeffs then tallied seven of the final 12 points to seal the win.
Drummond led Smith with 11 kills, while Mei-Lei Smith had 15 assists, eight digs, and a solo block.
Amherst closes out its regular season in Maine this weekend, beginning with an 8 p.m. match at Colby on Friday, Oct. 26.