Volleyball Picks Up 3-1 NESCAC Win Over Hamilton Friday Night

Alex Garrett tallied seven service aces against Hamilton on Friday night

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Tufts volleyball team overcame a first set extra point loss to Hamilton to come back and beat the Continentals easily in the next three sets to earn a NESCAC win Friday night on the road.  The Jumbos were led by 12 kills from rookie Brigid Bell while three other Jumbos added seven each.

With the win the Jumbos improve to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in NESCAC play.  The Continentals are now 6-5 overall with a 2-3 NESCAC record.

Hamilton took the first set 26-24 to put the Jumbos down early.  But, Tufts came back and won the next two sets, 25-13 and 25-16 before a dominating 25-3 win in set four for the 3-1 win.

Bell led the Jumbos with 12 kills and seniors Elizabeth Ahrens, McKenzie Humann and Mary Maccabee all added seven kills each to the effort.  Sophomore Alexandra Garrett also turned in a season-high six kills to help the Jumbos.  Ahrens added four blocks to her night and Humann and junior Katie Kim each helped with three blocks.  

Defensively freshman Kelly Klimo finished with 15 digs and sophomore Angela Yu added 14.  Garrett tallied ten on the evening.  Sophomore Katie Zheng took care of a majority of the setting, finishing with 24 assits, but Yu added 14 and Klimo finished with six.  Garrett turned in a remarkable seven service aces and Zheng and Bell each added three as the Jumbos had 15 service aces on the evening.

For the home team it was Giuliana Rankin that led the offense with 11 kills and Erin Donahue added eight.  Christine Zizzi tallied 16 digs to lead the defense and Kyndal Burdin added eight of her own.  Burdin took care of the setting, finishing with 24 assists.

The Continentals will be back in action on Saturday as they host Bowdoin for a 4 pm start.  The Jumbos travel to Middlebury for a 2 pm start with the Panthers on Saturday.