November 8, 2007

Amherst Sweeps Rivier, 3-0

Nov. 8, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - No. 3 Amherst College defeated No. 6 Rivier College, 30-25, 30-17, 30-19, in an NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball New England Regional match on Thursday. The Lord Jeffs (28-4) will face either No. 2 Williams College or No. 7 Eastern Connecticut State University at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Raiders closed the season with a 25-12 record.

The opening frame was a back-and-forth affair, featuring eight ties and four lead changes. Rivier established a three-point edge early (6-3) and maintained a slight lead until a kill by Amherst's Jaclyn DeMais evened the game at eight. Neither side was able to extend their advantage to more than two until the Lord Jeffs rattled off six straight points to go ahead, 20-16. The Raiders countered with a four-point spurt, but the rally came to an end on Whitney Kouvaris' kill that put Amherst ahead for good.

After trading points to start the second stanza, the Lord Jeffs slowly established a 10-7 advantage. Kori Chace's kill brought Rivier within two points, but it was as close as it would get as Amherst went on a 20-9 run to finish the frame. Trailing 8-7, Kouvaris' kill evened the game and sparked a six-point run for the Lord Jeffs. The Raiders remained within striking distance for most of the game, falling behind by two (20-18). Amherst responded by scoring 10 of the last 11 points to seal the victory.

DeMais paced the Lord Jeffs' attack with 15 kills while Kouvaris contributed 11. Rachel Yorke tallied a team-high 13 digs and three aces as Hannah Wirth posted four blocks. Sara Heller dished out 38 assists on the day.

Nicole Rodriguez notched 11 kills and three blocks as Chace bolstered Rivier's attack with 10 kills. Lindsay Marshall led the way with 15 digs and two aces while Laura Ciummo distributed 32 assists.