Courtesy Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. - Third-seed Amherst College and sixth-seed Connecticut College went five sets in their quarterfinal match of the 2008 NESCAC Volleyball Championship on Friday night, with the Lord Jeffs earning a 15-11 win in the fifth to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The Lord Jeffs (21-7) will play #2 seed Wesleyan University, a 3-1 winner over #7 Bowdoin, in the semifinal round of the tournament on Saturday at 3:30 pm.
Connecticut College’s season ends with an 18-12 record.
The lower seeded Camels jumped out on top, winning the first set 25-18. They scored the first four points, had a 20-10 lead and held off Amherst. The Lord Jeffs dominated the second half of the second set to win 25-14. Leading just 13-12, they scored nine straight to lead 22-12 and win easily. The Jeffs opened up a 12-3 advantage in the third set and led comfortably en route to a 25-17 victory. CC forced a fifth set by winning 25-19 in the fourth, but Amherst scored six straight points in the middle of the fifth set to gain a 10-5 lead they would not relinquish for a 15-11 victory.
Amherst was paced by three hitters in doubles figures for kills. Senior Claire Holton-Basaldua (San Rafael, Calif.) had 21 with just two errors and first-year Katherine Kanoff (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) finished with 15 kills. The Lord Jeffs likewise had a number of players getting it done on the defensive end, including 28 digs by sophomore Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, Calif.). Kanoff also handled 26 receiving attempts perfectly and had 14 digs. Sophomore Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, Calif.) went up for five blocks (three solos).
On the Camels side, 16 kills by big-hitter Amy Newman (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the way offensively, with senior Caitlin Tomaska (Solana Beach, Calif.) contributing 12. Newman and Tomaska also did a fine job on defense side. Newman recorded six block assists and Tomaska had a team-high 15 digs and no receiving errors in 22 attempts. The Camels finished with 10 team blocks.