Firedogs Advance to NESCAC Seminfinal With 3-1 Win Over Tufts|
November 3, 2000
BRUNSWICK, ME - Head coach Sue Everden decided that the best way for her Amherst College Firedogs to march toward a second consecutive NESCAC Volleyball Championship would be to would be to draw a bye past the first-round as one of the tournament's top four seeds and win their quarterfinal match in convincing fashion.
So far so good. Third-seeded Amherst, ranked third in the latest American Volleyball Association Poll, did just that, rolling over number-six seed Tufts University 15-13, 15-12, 9-15, 15-9 at Bates College on Friday night, setting the stage for a semifinal matchup against seventh-seeded Cinderella-story Trinity College, who came from behind to upset second-seeded Williams College 4-15, 15-4, 15-12, 15-11. Amherst and Trinity will lock horns tomorrow at noon.
In other quarterfinal action, top-seeded Middlebury swept number-eight seed Colby College 16-14, 15-6, and 15-10, while number-four Bates defeated fifth-seeded Wesleyan in a five-game marathon, 15-13, 15-7, 13-15, 13-15 and 15-11. Middlebury will take on Bates in the other semifinal matchup tomorrow at noon.
With the win, Amherst improved to 25-4 on the season. Trinity moved to 15-16 with its pair of wins in the 2000 NESAC Tournament, also beating number-ten seed Connecticut College 3-0 in Friday's first-round action.
The Firedogs have already beaten Trinity twice this season, with a 3-1 non-league win in Amherst on Sept. 26 and a 3-0 conference victory at Trinity on Oct. 6.