BOSTON, Mass. – The Amherst College volleyball team swept tri-match competition at Brown Plofker Gym on the Emerson College campus Saturday afternoon, earning a 3-1 (25-17, 25-13, 19-25, 25-14) win over the host Lions before sweeping Colby, 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-21).
With the wins, the Mammoths improve to 3-1 on the year. Amherst returns to the court with a midweek matchup on Wednesday, Sept. 13 when they travel to Endicott for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt.
MATCH ONE: Amherst 3, Emerson 1
After trading points to open the first set, the Mammoths began to pull away at the 10-8 mark, going on a 10-5 run that eventually sent the score at 20-15. Three Lion attack errors and kills by Annika Reczek '18 and Cameron Hendricks '20 put the finishing touches on the match, with Amherst earning a 25-17 win.
The Mammoths made quick work of the second stanza, doubling up Emerson to jump out to a 20-10 lead. Daria Kim-Percy '21 directed the Mammoths to the match end, rattling off the final three kills for Amherst to earn the 25-13 victory.
Emerson battled back to get within striking distance in the third, walking away with a 25-19 win after closing out the match on a 12-6 run.
Pearl Acord '21 and Kim-Percy combined for three service aces by in the first nine points set the tone for Amherst in what proved to be the final set,
Hayes Honea '19 led Amherst in digs with 22, while Emily Kolsky '20 registered a match-high 12 kills. On the backline, Charlotte Duran '20 led the Mammoths, posting 32 assists, while Adelaide Shunk '20 added 15 more.
MATCH TWO: Amherst 3, Colby 0
Taking control after the 4-4 mark, Amherst pulled away to an 18-13 lead before the Mules came roaring back to tie the set at 18-18. The Mammoths close out the set on a 7-2 run, with kills by Claire Dennis '20 and Marialexa Natsis '18 and a Colby ball handling error put the Mammoths in front 21-18. A Colby timeout could not save the point for the Mules, with Lauren Reppert notching the 25-20 set-winning kill.
Amherst came out strong in the second stanza, with six kills and two service aces directing the Mammoths to a 20-11 lead. Two kills, two attack errors and a service ace rounded out the set, with Amherst winning by a score of 25-13 to take a 2-0 lead in the contest.
The third and final set featured more evenly matched play between the sides, with Colby staying within a five point reach throughout the entire stanza. The Mules went on a 5-2 run down the stretch to set the score at 21-23. But Amherst tallied back-to-back kills by Hendricks and Kolsky to secure the 3-0 sweep.
Honea once again led the Mammoths in digs with 24, while Duran dished out a contest-leading 36 helpers. Kolsky's 10 kills stood as a team best, while Natsis and Dennis each added six kills of their own.