Jaclyn DeMais '08
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Junior OH Jaclyn DeMais played well in four wins this weekend.

Jeffs Cruise to Classic Sweep

September 23, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team downed Johnson & Wales University and Middlebury College Saturday, en route to a smoldering 10-1 record and an Amherst Classic win.

The Jeffs started the day with a decisive 30-10, 30-17, 30-13 win over Johnson & Wales. Senior co-captain  middle hitter Kristin Quinn (Pacific Palisades, CA) led the Amherst offense with 15 kills. Junior outside hitter Whitney Kouvaris (Jacksonville, FL) added 10 kills, and classmate outside hitter Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) chipped in with eight. The Amherst defense stepped up, led by senior co-captain Laura Golden (Boca Raton, FL) and DeMais, who each came up with 15 digs. Quinn also flashed some talent on defense, putting up four blocks on the morning.

Meanwhile, Kelle Phunder (Cincinatti, OH) posted 10 kills for Johnson & Wales. The Wildcat defense also got 24 digs – 12 each out of Ashley Constantino (Marlton, NJ) and Audra Vaccari (Winstead, CA).

Amherst stormed back in the afternoon for a three-game win over  Middlebury. The Jeffs took the Panthers 30-25, 30-27, 30-21, largely on DeMais’s back – she added 16 kills and 21 digs to her day’s total. Quinn showed up with 18 kills, and Kouvaris rounded out the offensive triumvirate with 11. The Amherst defense worked for the win, combining for 103 digs and 8 total team blocks. Junior defensive specialist Julie Berkely (Fullerton, CA) manned 22 digs on the afternoon, while first-year defensive specialist Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) chipped in with 17. Golden and sophomore setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) each posted 15 each to seal the win for Amherst.

In other tournament action, Middlebury beat Brandeis University in a four-game morning match, 30-26, 21-30, 30-26, 30-28; and, Johnson & Wales silenced Westfield State College, 30-21, 31-29, 30-21.

Amherst returns to action Wednesday night,when they cross the Connecticut River to face nearby Smith College.