WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Mammoths registered 59 total kills and seven service aces, as the Amherst College volleyball team powered to a 3-1 (25-23, 25-11,23-25, 15-12) victory over Westfield State Tuesday evening at the Woodward Center.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-3 on the season, while Westfield State falls to 2-8 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Sept. 22 when they travel to Trinity for a 7 p.m. conference clash.
Logging a come-from-behind win in the first stanza, the Mammoths were at a four-point deficit after the Owls notched four unanswered points to take a 10-6 lead. Battling back, a Emily Kolsky '20 kill set the score at 18-18 before a Westfield setting error and kills by Kolsky, Marialexa Natsis '18 and Annika Reczek '18 brought Amherst within one point of the win. A Mammoths attack error and a Brianna Starkey kill made it a 24-23 game, but Natsis closed out the set with an assist from Charlotte Duran '20 to seal the 25-23 stanza victory.
After trading points to open the second set, Amherst found its stride at the 4-4 mark as they went on a 14-7 run to own a 19-11 edge. The Mammoths then posted six unanswered points to earn the 25-11 win and take a 2-0 lead in the matchup following three Owl attack errors and three Cameron Hendricks '20 kills.
Westfield State avoided the sweep with a 25-23 win in the third stanza, as the sides traded points to set the score at 15-15. The Owls then went on a 5-1 run before Amherst chipped away at the lead to stay within striking distance with a one-point deficit. Two Amherst errors and an Ainsley McLoed kill directed Westfield State to the victory.
Recording a sensational .500 hitting percentage with 18 kills and three errors on 30 total attacks, Amherst clinched the 3-1 contest win with a 25-12 rout in the fourth as Hendricks and Lauren Reppert '19 notched the final two kills of the match.
- Hendricks led the Mammoths attack with 18 kills (.361 hit percentage), followed by Natsis with 17 and Kolsky with 11.
- With 28 and 24 assists, respectively, Duran and Adelaide Shunk '20 led the Mammoths, while Hayes Honea '19 18 digs were a team high.
- Starkey logged 10 kills to lead the Owls, while Brigid Murray's 31 assists constituted a match-high. With 22 digs, Lizzie Taylor led all players in the contest, while Jess Haradon added 10 digs.