Amherst Falls to Bates in New England Regional|
November 10, 2000
WELLESLEY, MA - Bates College (31-8) upset Amherst College (27-5) in a five-game thriller to advance to the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball New England Regional Semi-on Thursday at Wellesley College for the first time in school history.
Bates had lost to the Jeff's three times this year, including a 3-1 loss in the NESCAC Finals last weekend. The Bobcats led for most of game one with Lauren Fennessey (Joplin, MO) sealing the 15-12 win with a kill from setter Kate Hagstrom (Portola, CA). Amherst dominated the next two games winning 15-8 and 15-1 before Bates stormed back to take an early 7-2 lead in the fourth game.
Amherst tied the game at 10 and again at 12, but Liz Wanless (Belleville, IL) put down two straight to give Bates game four - 15-12. The deciding game saw five ties, including one at 13-all, before a kill by Emily Tomchin (Santa Barbara, CA) and a block solo by Amanda Webb (East Greenbush, NY) sealed the game and the match. Bates had three players scoring in double figures, including Fennessey (21 kills, 19 digs), Hagstrom (58 assists, 16 digs) and Wanless (17 kills, 15 digs). Amherst was led by Erica Hewes (Woodward, CA) with a match-high 25 kills.
The second semi-final match of the night saw #1 seed Wellesley College jump out to a quick 2-0 lead (15-6, 15-5) before allowing the Fighting Scots of Gordon College back in the match. Gordon matched the Blue point-for-point in game three and came back from a 14-10 deficit to tie the game at 14 apiece. The Fighting Scot's Lauren Barnes (Pittsburgh, PA) knocked down a kill and recorded a solo block to give Gordon the game at 16-14. Gordon took a commanding 6-3 lead in the fourth game, but a Wellesley rally tied the game at six. After four lead changes, Wellesley had match point at 14-13 but a determined Gordon team stripped the Blue of six match points before Wellesley's Mia Narell (Albany, CA) knocked down the game winner.
The match lasted 130 minutes. Wellesley was led by Alice Yi (Fullerton, CA) and Alison Mostue (Medford, OR) with 14 kills each. Mostue also added 15 digs. Gordon was led by first year outside hitter Lauren Barnes (Pittsburg, PA) with 11 kills. Stephanie Parker (West Chicago, IL) recorded a match-high 18 digs. Wellesley, who has not lost a regional match in over three years, advanced to the Finals against Bates tomorrow.
Amherst finished its season with a dominating 27-5 record, a second consecutive NESCAC Tournament Championship and a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.