|Brigid Bell turned in 13 kills with an imprsesive .722 hitting percentage.|
MEDFORD – Two one loss teams faced off in Cousens Gym on Tuesday night, and it was the Tufts volleyball team that cruised to a 3-0 win over visiting Rivier. The Jumbos were led by 13 kills from rookie Brigid Bell who finished the evening with an impressive .722 hitting percentage.
With the win the Jumbos improve to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in NESCAC play. The Raiders fall to 16-2 this season with a 0-1 mark in conference stints.
The Jumbos jumped out to an early lead in the first set and never let up. Near the middle of the set the Jumbos scored six straight points behind the serve of junior co-captain Alex Garrett to grow their lead, 19-9. They would eventually win the set 25-12 and Bell turned in six of her 13 kills during the first set.
It was the Raiders that took the lead early in the second set, but with things tied at eight the Jumbos took the lead and were able to hold the lead. This time it was senior co-captain Elizabeth Ahrens that the Jumbos scored behind the serve of, climbing to a 14-8 lead. The Raiders would not give up, and stayed in the set. But, the Jumbos picked up the 25-20 win to take a 2-0 lead.
The Raiders once again took the lead in the third set, looking to make a comeback. With things tied at six the Jumbos scored seven points with freshman Rachel Furash scoring to take the 12-6 lead. The Radiers climbed back into the match, and two kills from Molly McCormack tied things at 15. The two teams would trade points for a bit until the Jumbos were able to take the 25-19 win.
Bell was the offensive leader with 13 kills while sophomore Mackenzie Bright added nine and junior Katie Kim finished with eight. Senior McKenzie Humann was a force at the net, tallying six kills and four blocks. Bright added three blocks to her night as well. Defensively, freshman Kelly Klimo tallied eight dig and Garrett and Bell each added six. Furash and sophomore Angela Yu ran the offense, finishing with 18 and 17 assists, respectively.
For the visitors it was Dana Mott that was the offensive leader with 11 kills. McCormack finished with nine kills on the evening. Bethany Trevino totaled eight digs, and Jillian Boyle and McCormack each added six. Hayley Macken took care of the setting, finishing the evening with 26 assists.
The Raiders take the court again on Saturday when they travel to Lasell to take on Anna Maria and Lasell at 1 pm and 3 pm, respectively. The Jumbos hit the road for a NESCAC weekend, playing at Hamilton on Friday night at 8 pm and Middlebury on Saturday at 2 pm.