MEDFORD – Junior Heather Holz helped with nine kills, five blocks and three aces and the Tufts volleyball team picked up a commanding 3-0 win over Trinity in Cousens Gym on Saturday afternoon
|Mackenzie Bright had a team-high 11 kills on Saturday|
The Jumbos won all three sets by a good margin, 25-13, 25-13, 25-16. Tufts improves to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in NESCAC games with the win. Trinity is now 8-6 overall with a 1-5 mark in conference play.
The Jumbos took an early lead in set one and were able to build upon that lead. Up 6-3 they scored four points behind the serve of freshman Cate Desler and then after a Trinity point scored three more behind the serve of Holz to take a 13-4 lead. They would hold on to that advantage and pick up a 25-13 win in set one.
In set two Tufts took an early 5-1 lead thanks to kills from junior co-captain Maddie Stewart and Holz and an ace from junior Katie Zheng. They would grow that lead, leading by as many as 11 on their way to a 25-13 win in set two to take the 2-0 advantage in the match.
Set three began the same way, as the Jumbos jumped out to an early lead. With the Jumbos ahead 22-11 the Bantams started a comeback, scoring four points behind the serve of Ali Odermann. But a Bantam error stopped the streak and the Jumbos picked up a 25-16 win in set three to take the match.
Senior Mackenzie Bright finished with a team-high 11 kills. Holz added nine kills, five blocks and three aces and Stewart added six kills to the day while Desler finished with five kills, eight digs and three blocks. Zheng collected a team-high nine digs and junior Rachel Furash added seven with junior Brigid Bell finishing with seven. Furash took care of the setting, finishing with 33 assists.
For Trinity Colette Scheffers was the offensive leader with eight kills and eight digs. Rachel Underwood and Hanna Engstrom each added five kills. Scheffer's digs led the defensive efforts, and Underwood added five to the match. Jessica Yang and Locke Luhnow split the setting, finishing with 13 and 9 assists, respectively.
The Jumbos take the court again on when they travel to Middlebury to take on the Panthers on Friday at 7 pm. Trinity will play again on Tuesday when they travel to Nichols for a 7 pm start.