Hamilton comes up short at NESCAC volleyball championship

Josh McKee photo
Josh McKee photo

Dorothy Poucher '21 matched a season high with five service aces and smashed 10 kills as the Hamilton College volleyball team was defeated by Amherst College 3-1 on Friday night in the 2017 NESCAC Championship quarterfinals hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Hamilton (14-9 overall) – the No. 4 seed for the championship – won the first set 26-24. Fifth-seeded Amherst (17-9) won the next three sets by scores of 25-22, 25-11 and 25-8. The Mammoths advance to the semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m. against Tufts. The Jumbos are the top seed in the tournament.

Erin Donahue '18 had nine kills and Courtney Brown '18 added eight for the Continentals. Donahue completes her Hamilton career with an average of 2.35 kills per set while Brown wraps up her four years with 2.18 kills per set.

Christine Zizzi '18 led the Continentals with 26 digs and Meghan Wilkinson '19 chipped in 13.

Kyndal Burdin '18 dished out 26 assists, finishing second on Hamilton's all-time list with 2,176 for her career. Margaret O'Brien '18 made six blocks at the net and Giuliana Rankin '20 had four. O'Brien's 353 career blocks ranks her third on the all-time list.

Marialexa Natsis guided Amherst with 16 kills and Daria Kim-Percy had 15. Hayes Honea tallied a match-high 32 digs and Charlotte Duran had 56 assists.

Poucher served up three aces early in the first set to develop a 12-7 advantage for Hamilton. Amherst chipped away at the lead, getting within four points, and then scoring five unanswered to take a 24-23 lead. Two Amherst attack errors and a kill by Rankin finished the set in favor of the Continentals.

The score was tied five times early in the second set when Donahue gave Hamilton a 14-11 lead with three straight kills. The Continentals held a 21-20 edge but Amherst outscored Hamilton 5-1 to win the second set.