AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College used a match-high 23-dig effort from Hayes Honea '19, but the Purple & White were edged by Springfield College, 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-20) in Wednesday evening's non-conference women's volleyball match at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 14-8 on the season, while Springfield improves to 25-4 overall. The Purple & White return to LeFrak Gymnasium and NESCAC play Friday evening when they host Trinity College at 7 p.m.
In a thrilling first set that featured six tie scores and three lead changes, Amherst forged ahead, 23-19 on an unassisted kill by Nicole Gould '17. Springfield struck back with six unanswered points as Kayleigh Helgesen smashed a kill to spark the rally. Hayley Kmetz added a pair of kills during the run which was capped by a service ace from Jennifer Hurwitz to set the final score at 25-23 as the Pride took a 1-0 lead in the contest.
Springfield powered to a 12-4 lead in the second stanza before the Purple & White began to chip away. Amherst twice pulled to within two but that's as close as the hosts could get as the Pride clinched the set, 25-19.
A back-and-forth third set saw the teams exchange seven leads and tie 11 times before Springfield eventually notched a 22-18 advantage following an assisted block by Jamie Schneck and Helgesen. A pair of Gould kills late in the frame helped keep Amherst's deficit at four (24-20) before Kmetz secured the set and sweep with a kill.
- Maggie Danner '17 led Amherst with 10 kills in the losing effort, while Gould and Natsis tabbed eight kills each. Emily Kolsky '20 and Annika Reczek '18 finished six and five kills respectively.
- Charlotte Duran '20 led Amherst's setters with 19 assists, while Kate Bres '17 dished out 11 helpers. Adelaide Shunk '20 added five assists in the third set.
- Honea led all players with 23 digs, while Kelci Keeno '17 notched 10. Danner and Bres finished with seven and six respectively. At the net Natsis logged five assisted blocks while Gould and Lauren Reppert '19 assisted on two each.
- Helgesen led all players with 13 kills in the winning effort for Springfield, while Kmets and Jennifer Donnelly followed with 12 and 11 kills.
- Marnae Mawdsley handed out 39 assists to lead all players, while Anagabrielle Sanchez notched a team-high 15 digs for the Pride. Mawdsley followed with 14 digs, while Jennifer Hurwitz and Kmetz amassed 12 digs apiece.
- Schneck led all players with six assisted blocks and a solo stuff, while Kmetz posted three assisted blocks.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Wednesday evening's win for Springfield was its second of the season over Amherst. The Pride earned a 3-1 victory over the Purple & White on Oct. 8 during Tom Hay Invitational action earlier this season.