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Firedogs Drop Pair of Five-Game Heartbreakers, Finish 1-2 at Middlebury Quad
October 14, 2000

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont ­ Apparently, the Amherst College volleyball team is mortal. After an incredible start that saw the Firedogs take 16 of their first 17 matches, with only one of those matches going five games, the squad turned in a 1-2 record in this weekendıs NESCAC round-robin at Middlebury College, dropping a pair of five-game heartbreakers.

In the opening match Friday night, the Firedogs went the distance with host Middlebury, dropping the opening game 15-11‹snapping a school-record 20-game win streak‹before falling in the second, 16-14. In the third game, behind the duo of juniors Meredith DeMeules (Los Angeles, CA) and Erica Hewes (Woodside, CA), the Firedogs rallied, posting a 15-11 win to extend the match. Game four also went to the visitors, 15-10, with DeMeules and Hewes running the attack, and with stellar defensive play from sophomore Irene Lee (Fullerton, CA). The Panthers squeaked out a 16-14 win in the fifth game to take the match, but not before DeMeules had recorded a season-high 50 assists, and Hewes had added 30 kills, a career-high for the junior.

Saturday morning, the Firedogs faced arch-rival Williams College for the first time all year, and the two teams did not disappoint in what would become a four-hour marathon. After the Ephs took an 18-16 decision in game one, the Firedogs came back with a 16-14 win in game two to even the match. Game three also went to Amherst, courtesy of a 19-17 victory. Williams rallied, however, pulling out a 15-12 win in game four, before a 15-13 win in the decisive game gave the match to the Ephs. Again, DeMeules and Hewes paced Amherst, with the former recording an astonishing 54 assists, and the latter tallying 26 kills. Sophomore Emily Ratcliff (Storrs, CT) posted 11 kills in the loss.

After the two tough five-game heartbreakers, Amherst took their frustration out on their third and final opponent in the round robin, destroying Hamilton College in three games, 15-11, 15-7 and 15-9. DeMeules had 20 assists, Hewes had 11 kills and sophomore Erin Dittus (Brentwood, TN) finished with seven kills and three service aces.

With the 1-2 weekend, the Firedogs finish the NESCAC part of their regular-season schedule with an 8-2 record (17-3 overall), part of a four-way tie for first place with Bates, Middlebury and Williams Colleges. The NESCAC Championship, which is being hosted this year by Bowdoin College, begins Friday night, November 4 at Bowdoin College. Next up for the Firedogs is Tuesday nightıs away match at Westfield State, before they take part in the Hall of Fame Tournament next weekend, hosted jointly by Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges.
Match 1     1     2     3     4     5   --   F
Amherst College (16-2, 7-1)   11     14     15     15     14   --   2
Middlebury College (12-4, 6-2)   15     16     11     10     16   --   3

Match 3     1     2     3     4     5   --   F
Amherst College (16-3, 7-2)   16     16     19     12     13   --   2
Williams College (18-4, 8-0)   18     14     17     15     15   --   3

Match 6     1     2     3   --   F
Hamilton College (7-13, 3-6)   11     7     9   --   0
Amherst College (17-3, 8-2)   15     15     15   --   3