Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at Tufts

Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at Tufts

Medford, Mass. –  The Trinity College volleyball team fell, 3-0, to the Tufts University Jumbos on Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match in Cousens Gymnasium.  The Jumbos won by set scores of 25-13, 25-13, 25-16, to improve to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the NESCAC. Trinity falls to 8-6 overall with a 1-5 mark in conference play.  

The Jumbos took an early lead in set one and were able to build upon that lead.  Up 6-3, they scored four points behind the serve of rookie Cate Desler (Hillsborough, Calif.) before three more to take a 13-4 lead.  The Jumbos held on for the 25-13 set victory. 
 
In set two, Tufts took an early 5-1 lead thanks to kills from junior co-captain Maddie Stewart (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Heather Holz (Palatine, Ill.) and an ace from junior Katie Zheng (Omaha, Neb.).  They led by as many as 11 on their way to a 25-13 win in set two to take the 2-0 advantage in the match. 
 
Set three began the same way, as the Jumbos jumped out to an early lead.  With the Jumbos ahead, 22-11, the Bantams mounted a comeback, scoring four points behind the serve of sophomore Ali Odermann (Lenexa, Kan.).  The spurt was quick lived as Tufts held on for a 25-16 set win to clinch the 3-0 sweep in the overall match.
 
Junior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) paced the Bantams with eight kills and eight digs while senior co-captains Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and Hanna Engstrom (Hopkinton, Mass.) each added five kills.  Scheffer's digs led Trinity's defensive efforts while Underwood added five.  Sophomore Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Locke Luhnow (Encino, Calif.) split the setting, finishing with 13 and nine assists, respectively. 
 
For Tufts, senior Mackenzie Bright (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with a team-high 11 kills.  Holz added nine kills, five blocks and three aces and Stewart added six kills to the day while Desler finished with five kills, eight digs and three blocks. Zheng collected a team-high nine digs while Rachel Furash (Westlake Village, Calif.) took care of the setting, finishing with 33 assists. 
 
Trinity returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Nichols for a 7 pm match.