Volleyball Off to 2-0 NESCAC Start After Win Over Amherst

Rachel Furash helped run the Jumbo offense finishing with 23 assists

MEDFORD – In three closely contested sets, the Tufts volleyball team picked up their second conference win of the weekend with a 3-0 win over Amherst in Cousens Gym on Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos edged the Purple and White, 25-21, 25-17, 29-27 to wrap up a perfect opening two weeks of play.

With the win the Jumbos move to 8-0 overall this season, with a 2-0 mark in conference play after the opening weekend.  Amherst falls to 4-2 overall with a 1-1 mark in conference play.

The first set was close in the beginning, with the two teams trading the lead and no team leading by more than three points for a good portion of the first half.  With things locked at 13 the Jumbos scored four points behind the serve of freshman Kelly Klimo to take a 17-13 lead, but the Purple and White would push their way right back into the set thanks to a few Jumbo errors.  A kill by Maggie Danner brought the Purple and White within one, 20-19, but the Jumbos were able to put things together, and won the first set 25-21.

The second set would be the least close of the day, as the Jumbos built and early lead and moved to a 25-17 win.  It was the third set that was the most exciting of the day. Amherst would lead for most of the third and were leading 22-19 late in the set.  Kills by junior Katie Kim and freshman Brigid Bell brought the Jumbos within one, and then an error for the Purple and White tied the set at 22.  A Jumbo error gave the Purple and White the advantage again, and that's how things would go for a bit, the two teams trading the lead.  With things locked at 27 the Jumbos took advantage of an attack error by the Purple and White, and then freshman Rachel Furash turned in her only kill of the day to secure the 29-27 win in set three.

Kim finished as the kill leader for the second match in a row with 12, while Bell added 11 kills to the offensive efforts.  Senior co-captain Elizabeth Ahrens added eight kills and classmate McKenzie Humann finished with six.  Humann also added three blocks to her day.   Rookie Kelly Klimo was the defensive leader for the Jumbos, finishing the day with 16 digs while Bell added eight and Ahrens and junior co-captain Alex Garrett also finished with six.  Furash and sophomore Angela Yu took care of the setting, as Furash finished with 23 assists and Yu tallied 15.

For Amherst Emily Kolsky was the offensive leader with ten kills, and Marialexa Natsis added six.  Natsis also added five blocks to her day, two solo and three block assists.  Hayes Honea was the defensive leader with 15 digs.  Charlotte Duran and Kate Bres ran the offense for the Purple and White, finishing with 15 and 13 assists, respectively.

The Purple and White will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Colby-Sawyer for a 7 pm start.  Tufts will take the court again on Tuesday when they travel to UMass-Boston for a 7 pm start with the Beacons.