Amherst Downs Regis and Saint Joseph's, 3-0 and 3-1, to Sweep Tri-Match Play

Amherst Downs Regis and Saint Joseph's, 3-0 and 3-1, to Sweep Tri-Match Play

WESTON, Mass. –The Amherst College volleyball team swept tri-match competition at Higgins Court on the Regis College campus Saturday afternoon, downing Saint Joseph's, 3-1 (25-15, 25-9, 24-26, 25-17) before sweeping the hosting Pride, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-13).

With the wins, Amherst improves to 5-3 on the season. The Mammoths return to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 19 when they travel to Westfield State for a non-conference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.

MATCH ONE: Amherst 3, Saint Joseph's 1
Trading points to start the opening set, Amherst broke away at the 14-13 mark as they put together a 10-3 run behind five kills, four error and two service aces to claim the 25-15 stanza victory.

Notching the first six points and registering a stellar .440 hit percentage in the second, the Mammoths pulled away to a quick 25-9 win as Adelaide Shunk '20 closed out the set with a service ace.

The Monks responded with a .500 hit percentage in the third, as they captured their lone set win, 26-24. Down 24-20, Amherst made a bid to record the sweep, evening the score at 24-24 following three kills and a ball handling error, but Saint Joseph's finished strong as Jordynne Copp and Sarah Dyer logged back-to-back kills to give the Monks the win.

Amherst once again finished strong down the stretch to close out the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth stanza, as they outscored the Monks 8-2 to secure the victory. Emily Kolsky '20 led the final push for the Mammoths, notching five kills as Amherst finished with 14 kills on 27 attempts in the set.

Cameron Hendricks '20 led the match with 15 kills, while Kolsky followed closely behind with 14 kills on the day. Charlotte Duran '20 dished out a Mammoths-high 29 assists and also led the team in digs with 18, while Hayes Honea '19 added 13 digs for Amherst.

Copp and Kelsey Bickford led Saint Joseph's attack with 10 kills each, while Dyer logged a contest-high 31 assists. Madison Provencher led the Monks with 11 digs.

MATCH TWO: Amherst 3, Regis 0
Opening the first set won an 11-4 run, the Pride fought back to pull within striking distance to set the score at 15-12.  Amherst responded with four unanswered points, however Regis once again went on a run of their own to bring the score to 22-19 in favor of the Mammoths. Kills by Claire Dennis '20 and Hendricks and a Pride service error locked up the Amherst victory, 25-20.

The second set also proved to be an evenly matched battle, with four lead changes resulting in a 20-20 deadlock. Following two Pride errors, the Mammoths closed out the stanza behind three kills, with Kolsky, Hendricks and Marialexa Natsis '18 directing Amherst to the 25-22 win.

Starting out the third on a 16-5 run and holding Regis to 13 points, Amherst posted a 25-13 victory to secure the 3-0 sweep.

Kolsky recorded a match-high 12 kills, while Hendricks and Natsis added eight and five kills, respectively. Duran led the day with 28 assists, while Honea tallied 15 digs. Asha Walker '18 finished the game with 11 digs for the Mammoths.

Sydney Trusty led the Pride with 12 kills, while Katryna Veasey recorded eight kills.  Haley Schulte and Shay Faber dished out 14 and 13 assists, respectively, while Meg Adams tallied 11 digs.