Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Quinn (left) and DeMais (right) will lead Amherst into the NCAA Tournament.

Amherst's Quinn and DeMais Named to the 2006 NESCAC Volleyball All-Conference First Team

November 8, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference named two Jeffs - senior co-captain hitter Kristin Quinn (Pacific Palisades, CA) and junior hitter Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) - to the six-person volleyball All-Conference first team this afternoon. After taking the trip to Williamstown and upending Williams College for the conference title Sunday, Amherst stands at 27-4, and fourth in New England according to the latest NCAA regional poll. With the conference championship, the Jeffs received an automatic bid to the 2006 Division III Women's Volleyball Championship, set to begin this weekend.

Amherst's one-two Quinn-DeMais punch proved deadly this season. Quinn went down in the books as one of the best players in Amherst history - she's currently second in the nation in hitting percentage (.471), led the NESCAC in blocks per game (1.75), and ranked third in the conference in kills per game (3.89). She'll have to find room for this award in an already-crowded trophy case: she also received All-NESCAC nods her sophomore and junior years, and stormed the NESCAC as a first-year for conference Rookie of the Year honors.

DeMais - the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week - also turned in a stellar performance this year. She's registered 3.62 kills per game, good for fifth in the NESCAC. She also ranked fifth in the NESCAC in hitting percentage (.282). And, she's made a huge mark on Amherst's defense; she's second on the team in both total digs (302) and digs per game (2.77).

The Jeffs begin their first-round NCAA tournament action against Emmanuel College on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Emmanuel collected a 21-10 record this season, picking up a win against Connecticut College, and losses to Trinity College, Tufts University and M.I.T. along the way.