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AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst women's volleyball team extended its win streak to six matches with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-21) victory over Colby College in LeFrak Gymnasium.
Having now won eight-straight against the Mules dating back to 2005, Amherst improved to 14-5 on the season and 6-2 in conference play.
Maggie Danner '17 and Nicole Gould '17 paced the Jeff attack with 12 kills apiece, while Lauren Antion '15 had seven spikes. Sophomore setter Nicole Carter finished with 32 assists and eight digs, while Katie Warshaw '16 chipped in with a team-high 16 digs.
Giving Amherst an early lead, Antion hammered home her second kill of the match to make it 7-2. Coming out of a timeout, Kim Donaldson '16 and Karoline Serhan '17 put away consecutive spikes to jumpstart a 5-2 Colby run, but the Jeffs responded with seven unanswered points, building a 10-point cushion on a Gould kill. The Mules trimmed the deficit to 18-9 thanks to an Amherst error, but the Purple & White closed out the set with a 6-0 run punctuated by another Gould spike.
Picking up where they left off, the Jeffs reeled off the first five points of the second before an attack error put Colby on the board. Cutting into the deficit, the Mules pulled within one on an Elizabeth Noyes '17 kill before back-to-back Amherst miscues gave the visitors a 9-8 lead. Following a timeout, Danner put away a kill to help kick-start a 6-1 run. Dropping another spike just inside the endline Danner later made it 18-12. Holding onto a 23-17 margin, Carter and Antion blocked down a ball before Gould closed out the frame with her eighth kill.
Carrying their momentum into the third set, Amherst raced out to a 4-0 lead. A Danner service ace later made it 12-7, as a 4-1 run gave the Jeffs a six-point cushion. Consecutive Gould kills gave the home team an 18-11 edge as Amherst held onto a four-point win.
Serhan led Colby with six kills, while Donaldson added five. Kate Pleasants '14 dished out 19 assists, while Sarah Arvidson '16 had a match-best 18 digs. Amherst tallied 40 kills on 102 swings with 16 errors (.235), while Colby hit -.030 for the match.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Clark University.