DeMeules, Hewes Tabbed Volleyball All-NESCAC|
Jeffs Ready for Third Straight NCAA Regional
November 9, 2000
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College junior volleyball players Meredith DeMeules (Los Angeles, CA) and Erica Hewes (Woodside, CA) were named first and second-team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference this week after leading the Lord Jeffs to a dominating 27-4 record, their second consecutive NESCAC Tournament Championship and a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
|Junior Meredith Demeules |
earned her second straight
first-team All-NESCAC award
DeMeules, a two-time first-team All-NESCAC selection, fuels the Amherst attack with 1,017 (9.25/gm.) assists to go along with a team-high 270 digs and 136 kills. She was a two-time NESCAC Player of the Week, earning her second award of the season after leading the Jeffs to a three-match sweep in the NESCAC Championship Tournament.
Meanwhile, Hewes is the Jeffs' chief offensive threat, finishing third in the NESAC and pacing Amherst with a whopping 408 (3.71/gm.) kills. She also has a team second-best 84 total blocks (56 solos) and 65 digs on defense.
|Junior Erica Hewes |
After a dominating its regular season slate, the Jeffs - conference champions in 1999 after an incredible three-match, nine-game sweep in the league tournament - rolled through the 2000 championship. Amherst piled up four-game wins over Tufts University in the quarterfinals, Trinity College in the semifinals, and Bates College in the finals en route to the NESCAC title and an automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Amherst opens New England Regional play this weekend at Wellesley College as the tournament's number-two seed, where they'll bypass the first round and take on the winner of number-three Bates and number-five Bridgewater State College on Friday at 5 p.m.
Elsewhere in the bracket, top-seeded Wellesley awaits the winner of a first-round matchup between fifth-seed Johnson and Wales University and fourth-seed Gordon College, taking on the winner Friday night at 7:30.
A Wellesley-Amherst matchup in the Regional final would mark a second consecutive championship game between the two regional rivals. Wellesley swept Amherst 3-0 in last year's final and beat the Jeffs 3-1 earlier this season at the Hall of Fame Tournament on Oct. 21.