Volleyball Wins Two of Three, Falls to Wellesley
Issue   |   Wed, 10/26/2011 - 01:05
Mark Idleman '15
The Firedogs struggled to maintain consistant hitting percentages again, but managed to go 2-1 nevertheless.

The Firedogs finished the Hall of Fame Invitational 2-1, defeating MIT and Brandeis before being blanked by Wellesley, leaving their record at 17-6 (4-4 NESCAC). Kristin Keeno ’13 was named to the All-Tournament Team, after her dominant role on the Amherst defense, talling 63 digs in the first match.

On Friday, the Firedogs bested MIT 3-1. They started out slow in the first set, falling 20-25 and tallying a paltry .138 hitting percentage. But they rallied quickly and decisively, hitting .333 to take the second set 25-12. The Firedogs continued to improve in the third set, with 12 kills and a .375 attack rate. They posted another dominant victory, 25-14. In the fourth and final set the Firedogs lost some momentum, but held on for the win. The Firedogs’ hitting percentage dropped to .142, but they eked out a 27-25 victory.

Tri-captain Cristy Meier ’12, who has been an offensive force all season, led the team in the MIT win with 16 kills. Fellow captain KC Kanoff ’12 had 10 kills and 13 digs in the win. Junior Callie Neilson fed the offense with 39 assists while classmate Keeno bolstered the defense with a team-high 24 digs. Lauren Antion ’15 and Abigail Hunter ’13 combined for 17 spikes and four blocks.

The next day, the Firedogs shut out Brandeis 3-0. They came firing on all cylinders, opening with a blazing .515 attack rate for a 25-18 victory. The Firedogs took the remaining sets 25-17 and 25-22, finishing the match with a .299 hitting average. Kanoff led the Firedogs with 16 kills, while Meier and Antion racked up 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Neilson dished out 42 assists, while Keeno had 23 digs.

Wellesley, however, came out strong in the Firedogs’ final match of the tournament, taking the first two sets 25-15 and 25-20. Their defense was aggressive, as they held Amherst to just .033 and .108 hitting percentages, in those sets respectively. But the Firedogs refused to go down without a fight, falling 35-33 in a marathon last game, improving to a .212 attack rate.

Meier had nine kills, while Kanoff and Antion each tallied eight. Keeno again led the defense with 16 digs, but Devin Pence ’14 was close behind with 14. Neilson dished out 21 assists, and Antion and Hunter had four blocks apiece.

The Firedogs’ host Smith today, and face NESCAC opponents Williams and Hamilton at home on Friday and Saturday.