Volleyball Starts Road Weekend With 3-1 Win Over Hamilton Friday Night

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Tufts volleyball team got 12 kills from freshman Cate Desler and 11 from junior co-captain Maddie Stewart which helped them pick up a 3-1 win over NESCAC foe Hamilton on the road on Friday night. 

Christina Nwankpa finished with eight kills and three blocks

The Jumbos improve to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play with the win.  Hamilton is now 3-6 overall and 0-4 in conference matches. 

Tufts grabbed an early lead in set one and would increase that lead as the set went along.  With the Jumbos up 22-10 the Continentals scored four consecutive points behind the serve of Meghan Wilkinson to start a comeback.  They would come within six, 23-17, but the Jumbos got  a kill from Stewart and then a Continental error gave the Jumbos the 25-17 win in set one. 

In set two the two teams traded points a bit early.  With the Jumbos up 7-4 they scored 14 consecutive points behind the serve of junior Brigid Bell to take a 19-4 lead and held on for a 25-6 win in set two. 

The Continentals bounced back and took the third set from the Jumbos.  After Hamilton grabbed an early lead the Jumbos tied things at ten.  The two teams would trade points and the the lead, as the score was tied four more times.  With things locked at 15 the Continentals got  kills from Kendall Boxe and Giuliana Rankin to take a 17-15 advantage.  They held on for a 25-21 win in set three. 

In the fourth set the Jumbos took an early lead and held on to that for a bit. Hamilton tied things at 15, but three kills from Stewart and a Continental error helped the Jumbos take a 19-17 lead.  They held on to that for a 25-20 win in set four. 

Desler finished with 12 kills and 14 digs along with two blocks for the Jumbos.  Stewart added 11 kills and five digs.  Junior Christina Nwankpa finished with eight kills and three blocks. Bell added five kills, six digs and five aces.  Sophomore Sophia Acker led the Jumbos defense with 14 digs.  Junior Rachel Furash and freshman Ariel Zedric split the setting, and Furash finished with 26 assists and eight digs and Zedric added 13 assists and nine digs. 

For Hamilton Dorothy Poucher was the offensive leader with ten kills, while Rankin and Claire Kitz each added eight.  Defensively Nikki Matsuoka picked up 25 digs, and Emma Parkhurst added 12 with Wilkinson turning in 11.  Parkhurst and Wilkinson took care of the setting, finishing with 21 and 11 assists, respectively. 

The Jumbos are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Williams for a 2 pm start.  Hamilton stays at home and hosts Bowdoin with a scheduled 1 pm start.