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Jeffs Fall to Visiting Wesleyan, Williams, at Little Threes

October 27, 2001

Meredith DeMeules
Senior setter Meredith DeMeules
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College volleyball team hosted the Little Three Championship Tournament Saturday at LeFrak Gymnasium but dropped a pair of matches to eventual champion Williams College and runner-up Wesleyan University.

Saturday's 11 a.m. match marked Senior Day for Amherst co-captains Meredith DeMeules (Los Angeles, CA) and classmate Erica Hewes (Pebble Beach, CA). Together, DeMeules and Hewes have rewritten the program's record books while recording a 104-23 career record. DeMeules has led the Jeffs at setter, recording an average of 1,100 assists on the past three seasons. She currently leads the squad in assists, service aces, and digs. Hewes has powered the Amherst offense, leading the Jeffs with 406 kills on the year, and ranking 25th in the nation in kills, according to the latest NCAA poll. Both were named to the All NESCAC team following their sophomore and junior years, and DeMeules earned NESCAC All-Academic honors during her sophomore season.

Following the Senior Day presentation, Amherst took the court against Wesleyan and fell to the Cardinals in four games (30-26, 22-30, 28-30, 19-30). Hewes led the way for Amherst, nailing 13 kills. DeMeules also contributed with a strong 11 kills. She was trailed by junior Erin Dittus (Brentwood, TN), who notched eight kills on the match. DeMeules and first-year setter Annie Hoeksma (Los Angeles, CA) combined for 35 assists, while a group of Jeffs patrolled the backcourt. Sophomore Jessica Allen (Chagrin Falls, OH) led the way defensively with 19 digs, followed closely by junior Irene Lee (Fullerton, CA), who salvaged 18 digs. First-year Nicole Davidson (Los Angeles, CA) notched 14 digs, while junior Missy Mordy (Issaquah, WA) added 13. DeMeules tallied 12 digs in the loss. At the net, sophomores Natalie Brooks (Catonsville, MD) and Lauren Wong (San Francisco, CA) combined for a defining 7.5 blocks.

Wesleyan, meanwhile, drew its strength from the play of Alexis Keeler and Eliza Allen, who slammed down 27 and 25 kills, respectively. Christina Fucci helped out with a match-high 55 assists, and Melissa DeCew added 25 digs to the rally. Allen, Keeler and Laura Cox also combined for 50 digs in the midday showdown.

Erica Hewes
Senior outside hitter Erica Hewes
The 1 p.m. match brought Wesleyan against Williams. Williams surprised the Cardinals, taking them down in three games, 30-26, 34-32, 31-29.

The 3 p.m. finale matched Amherst against longtime rival Williams. Although the match started out well for the Jeffs, the situation quickly deteriorated, with Amherst falling to the Ephs, 29-31, 24-30, 28-30. Coupled with officiating that often drew protest from the crowd, two injuries stopped play midway through what seemed to be an Amherst streak, ostensibly ending their momentum. Williams' Carmel Lyons and Amherst's Davidson both suffered injuries during the rough-and-tumble match. Lyons continued to play with 12 kills despite a bloody nose, while Davidson's nose injury took her out of the game. She was replaced by junior Paula Yanes (Tampa, FL), who played well under pressure, recording two digs and several solid service runs off the bench. For the match, Hewes knocked down 18 kills to lead Amherst, followed by Dittus' 11. DeMeules and Hoeksma combined for 34 assists, and Mordy led the way from the back row with 12 digs. Allen also tallied 10 digs to help the Amherst effort.

On Williams' side of the court, last week's NESCAC Player of the Week, Joyia Chadwick, silenced the Jeffs with a 21-kill match. She was paired with Robin Young, who had a 20-kill day. Eph setter Meg Demment chipped in with a whopping 45 assists, while Chadwick, Lyons, Young and Diane Williams teamed up to add 51 digs to their team-total 61.

On Friday, Amherst will head to Middlebury College for the first round of the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Currently, Wesleyan holds the top seed in the conference with a 9-1 league mark, trailed by Williams' and Amherst's matching 8-2 conference records.

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