Parkhurst '21 on Volleyball Hall of Fame all-tournament team

Emma Parkhurst '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Emma Parkhurst '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College dropped its final two matches in the 2018 Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Tournament at Amherst College's LeFrak Gymnasium on Saturday.

The Continentals (7-12 overall) were edged in five sets by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (25-22, 14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13) in the morning match and lost in four sets against Wellesley College (25-16, 17-25, 25-22, 25-14) in the afternoon. Wellesley received votes in the latest Division III Top 25 coaches poll.

Hamilton's Emma Parkhurst '21 was selected for the all-tournament team as a reward for her exceptional weekend performance. Parkhurst posted a rare triple-double with 13 kills, 21 assists and 17 digs against WPI. She added 10 kills, 10 assists and three aces against Wellesley. Parkhurst recorded double-digit kill totals in all three tournament matches over the weekend.

Hamilton vs. WPI

Claire Kitz '19 and Jane Fanning '22 boasted season-best totals with 10 kills apiece, and Dorothy Poucher '21 chipped in 10 kills and three blocks for the Continentals. Meghan Wilkinson '19 registered 17 assists and 14 digs and Nikki Matsuoka '21 contributed 20 digs and 11 assists. Stephanie Milam '21 served three aces and Kendall Boxe '22 helped lead the defense at the net with three blocks.

Amanda Wetmore and Sarah Kwatinetz led WPI (20-5) with 10 kills and four blocks apiece. Azita Bakhtyari passed out 40 assists and Victoria Nassar led the Engineers with 21 digs and three aces.

Hamilton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the deciding fifth set but WPI ran off six straight points and led the rest of the way. The Continentals nearly came back from a 14-8 deficit by scoring five consecutive points thanks to kills by Fanning and Parkhurst and block assists by Parkhurst and Poucher. An attack error by Hamilton on match point gave the victory to the Engineers.

Hamilton vs. Wellesley

Poucher paced the Continentals with 12 kills and two solo blocks. Wilkinson chipped in 19 assists, 13 digs and four aces, and Matsuoka led all players with a match-high 14 digs.

Yasmine Reece led the Blue (17-4) with 15 kills and eight blocks, and Lauren Gedney added 10 kills and four blocks. Michelle Li handed out 36 assists, Nikki Jensen served four aces and Samantha Hoang helped lead the defense with 13 digs. Wellesley owned a 12-3 advantage in team blocks.

Hamilton travels to Middlebury College for the Continentals' final NESCAC match this season on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.