SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Amherst claimed a win in the first set and Daria Kim-Percy '21 and Emily Kolsky '20 combined for 18 kills, but a match-best 14 kills by Springfield College's Jen Donnelly helped pace the Pride past the Mammoths, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 17-25, 13-25) in Wednesday evening's non-conference battle at Blake Arena.
With the loss, Amherst begins its 2017 campaign, 0-1, while Springfield improves to 5-0 on the season. The Mammoths return to the court on Friday, Sept. 8 when they battle Western New England College at the Smith Invitational beginning at 5 p.m.
In a thrilling first set, Amherst took control early, jumping out to a 6-1 lead before the Pride went on a 5-1 run to even score at 13-13. Trading points down the stretch, it was Kolsky who directed the Mammoths to the win, tallying back-to-back kills to give Amherst a 21-19 edge before closing out the victory, 25-20 following an assist from Adelaide Shunk '20.
The second set saw six lead changes between the evenly matched competitors, before Springfield took a 19-18 edge behind a kill by Kayleigh Helgesen. A Kim-Darcy kill and a Pride service error brought the score to 22-20, but Springfield refused to relinquish their lead as Donnelly delivered the final kill to give the home team a 25-21 victory.
The Pride powered to a 20-8 lead in the third stanza, before the Mammoths began to chip away, going on an 8-4 run to make it 24-17. An attack error by Amherst sealed the win for Springfield as they captured the 25-17 win.
The fourth set saw Springfield use an 8-0 run to pull away to a 25-13 victory in the frame and complete the 3-1 win in the match.
- Kim-Percy finished with 11 kills to lead Amherst in the losing effort, while Kolsky and Marialexa Natsis '18 chipped in seven and six, respectively.
- Leading the Mammoths' back row was Charlotte Duran '20 with a team-high 12 digs and 23 assists, while Kim-Percy was the second Amherst double-digit dig-getter with 10. Hayes Honea'19 added eight digs for Amherst.
- Pearl Acord '21 notched the Mammoths' lone service ace, while Natsis and Kim-Percy each tallied four assisted blocks apiece.
- Kayley Cimino handed out a match-leading 43 assists to help propel Springfield to the win, while Donnelly totaled 14 kills. Anagabrielle Sanchez led all players with 16 digs, while Hannah Lozano and Hayley Kmetz contributed 15 and 12 digs, respectively.
Contact: Melissa Martin '15