Tufts Returns Home to Sweep Hamilton in NESCAC Volleyball Action

Junior hitter Isabel Kuhel had a team-high eight kills


MEDFORD - Tufts returned home for the first time in 19 days and swept NESCAC-foe Hamilton for the Jumbos' second win in October.

The Jumbos last played at Cousens Gym on September 28 when they beat UMass-Boston, 3-1, and Connecticut College, 3-0, before going on consecutive weekend road trips in which the went 1-3.

The 3-0 win keeps Tufts in fourth place in the NESCAC at 5-3 and 13-7 overall. Hamilton is 0-7 in the NESCAC and 4-15 overall.

A pair of 5-0 runs in the first set lead Tufts to the 25-12 win. The first run came with the score 9-7 Tufts and was started with a kill by Junior Jessica Ingrum (Highlands Ranch, CO). The second run was started on a kill by Mary Maccabee (River Edge, NJ) and finished with two aces by Virginia Clay (Santa Clara, CA) that gave the Jumbos a 19-10 lead.

The second set saw hitters Isabel Kuhel (Brisbane, CA), Hayler Hopper (Carlsbad, CA) and Maccabee each have four kills. Kuhel supplied three of the final five points on two kills and a block to give Tufts the 25-17 win.

In the final set the two teams battled back-and-forth early had were tied at 9-9 before Tufts went on a 8-1 run to open up a 17-10 lead. Hamilton closed to within four at 24-20, only to lose the set on a service error.

For Hamilton, Brenna Corrigan had seven kills. Sarah Pfund finished with 20 assits and six digs. Anna Brown had a team-high 10 digs.

Hopper lead the Jumbos with nine kills, while Kuhel added eight and two blocks for a team-high 10 points. Maccabee had six kills and hit .600 (6-0-10) for the match. Defensively, Carolina Berger (Fort Lauderdale, FL) had 15 digs and Rebecca Rubin (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) added 13. Senior Clay contributed four aces and four digs.

Hamilton plays at Connecticut College on Saturday in a 2:00 p.m NESCAC match. At the same time in Cousens Gym Tufts will host Middlebury in a NESCAC match.