Release Courtesy of Endicott Athletic Communications
BEVERLY, Mass. - Emily Kolsky '20 and Marialexa Natsis '18 tallied 10 kills apiece, but a 18 kill, nine dig performance from Alex Dippel proved to be the difference maker as the Amherst College volleyball team fell to Endicott, 3-2 in a hard fought contest Wednesday evening.
With the setback, Amherst moves to 3-2 on the season, while Endicott improves to 3-5 overall. Amherst returns to action this Friday, Sept. 15 when they open confernce action against Middlebury beginning at 8 p.m.
The Gulls claimed a tight first set, 25-23. Despite Amherst posting a solid .194 kill percentage and jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead, Endicott battled back to gain the advantage at the 5-4 mark and thwarted the Mammoths efforts to regain an edge until clinching the victory.
The Mammoths responded with a resounding 25-8 win in the second to tie the match at 1-1. Turning the tables offensively, Amherst hit .294 as a team in the set and held Endicott to a season-low -.114. Natsis led the charge with four kills on eight error-free swings, while Annika Reczek '18 and Cameron Hendricks '20 posted three kills each.
Undeterred, Endicott claimed the win in the third, coming from behind to take the set, 25-22 and earn a 2-1 lead in the match. The two squads posted strong defensive efforts in the set as Endicott held Amherst to a .000 attack percentage while the Mammoths held the Gulls to a .194 average. Dippel again led the way for the Gulls, posting six kills on 10 swings.
The fourth set saw Amherst counter with a set win of the same score, 25-22, to send the match to a winner-take-all fifth set. With the fifth set played to 15, the two squads required even more action to decide the outcome as Endicott eventually pulled out a 20-18 fifth to claim the match win.
- Kolsky, with 10 kills and five digs, led the Mammoths on the outside, while Charlotte Duran '20 recorded a match-leading 35 assists.
- Tying Klosky in kills was Natsis as the middle finished with 10 kills and eight assist blocks.
- Libero Hayes Honea '19 finished with a match-high 26 digs while only committing one receive error in her 36 attempts.