Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Kristin Quinn (left) and Jaclyn DeMais (right) posted huge numbers Thursday.

Volleyball Dismantles Emmanuel, Advances to Second Round

November 9, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Amherst College volleyball team rolled over Emmanuel College, 30-10, 30-9, 30-17, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Thursday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.

Third-ranked Amherst set the tone early; it stormed to a 17-0 lead in the first game care of an offensive onslaught. Junior hitters Whitney Kouvaris (Jacksonville, FL) and Jaclyn DeMais (Hillsdale, NJ) teamed up to stake Amherst to a 11-0 start, before senior co-captain hitter Kristin Quinn (Pacific Palisades, CA) made a statement of her own to put the Jeffs at 13-0. Sophomore hitter Claire Holton-Basaldua (San Rafael, CA) chipped in also, with a dominating block. Sixth-ranked Emmanuel finally rallied to move the score to 17-3, but couldn’t recover.

Amherst drew first blood in the second frame, also – DeMais and Kouvaris led the Jeffs to a 5-1 lead. The Saints got their feet under them with a three-point run to bump the score to 19-7, punctuated by two monster Emmanuel blocks. But Amherst wasn’t having it – sophomore hitter Alison Munzer (Los Angeles, CA) fired back with a block of her own, and three Quinn liners put Amherst at 25-10. First-year defensive specialist Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) took over the last push of the frame, and served up an ace to seal the deal for Amherst.

Amherst cruised through the third game, also. Emmanuel put two points on the board early, but Amherst didn’t let up, and distanced itself to 14-3. The Jeffs and Saints traded points from there, before DeMais pounded three consecutive kills – one of them left-handed. Emmanuel posted a last-gasp three-point run, but Kouvaris slammed home the last two points Amherst would need.

Sophomore setter Sara Heller (La Canada, CA) notched 38 assists on the night. Quinn, DeMais and Kouvaris ruled the net: Quinn came up with 10 kills and four service aces; DeMais posted 12 kills, and Kouvaris slammed 10 more balls home. Holton-Basaldua roared back with six kills. DeMais and Kouvaris also helped out on defense – DeMais found 21 digs, and Kouvaris came up with 10.

In other tournament action, fifth-seeded Endicott College upset fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University; first-seeded United States Coast Guard Academy dispatched of eighth-seeded Mount Ida College; and host M.I.T will rumble with seventh-seeded Bridgewater State College at 8:30 tonight.

Amherst will take on the winner of the M.I.T-Bridgewater State match Friday at 7:00 p.m., at M.I.T.