AMHERST, Mass. – In an thrilling back-and-fourth matchup, just three points separated the sides, as the Amherst College volleyball team suffered a hard-fought, five set loss to Middlebury College, 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 14-16) Friday evening at Lefrak Gymnasium.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 3-3 on the season and to 0-1 in league action, while Middlebury improves to 3-2 overall (1-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 16 when they battle Saint Joseph's and Regis at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Putting together an impressive performance at the net, Marialexa Natsis '18 registered a match-leading 18 kills, in addition to seven digs, two solo blocks and two block assists. Claire Dennis '20 chipped in 11 kills for the Mammoths while Hayes Honea tallied contest-high 37 assists. Headlining the transition game for Amherst, Charlotte Duran '20 dished out 45 assists, while Cameron Hendricks added solid numbers across the board, racking up 17 kills, five digs and two block assists.
Isabel Sessions led the visitors with 18 kills, while Becca Raffel followed closely behind with 17 kills on the day. Gigi Alper led the Panthers in digs with 28, while Chellsa Ferdinand's 49 assists constituted a match-best.