NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Amherst College volleyball team shut out its competitors in tri-match action Saturday at the Coffin Field House, downing Husson, 3-0 (25-4, 25-6, 25-16) and sweeping Colby-Sawyer, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-10).
With the tri-match sweep, Amherst improves to 9-3 on the season. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Sept. 29 when they travel to Connecticut College for a 7 p.m. conference tilt.
MATCH ONE: Amherst 3, Husson 0
Amherst made quick work of the first two sets, giving up just 10 total points to the Eagles while posting hitting percentages of .565 and .423, respectively.
Owning a two-point lead at the 4-2 mark, the Mammoths then went on a 21-4 run, notching 14 kills on 23 attempts, to close out the first set with a 25-4 victory.
The second stanza played out in a similar fashion, with Amherst exploding to outscore Husson 22-4 after opening the set with a 3-2 edge. Hayes Honea '19 capped off the stanza with a service ace as the Mammoths recorded 13 kills to earn the 25-6 win.
What stood as the final stanza was the most competitive between the sites, with the Eagles staying within striking distance as kills by Cameron Hendricks '20 and Kaitlyn Woods set the score at 15-10 in favor of the Mammoths. Five Husson errors and five Amherst kills wrapped up the game, 25-16, as the Mammoths earned the 3-0 victory.
Cameron Hendricks '20 led the match with 13 kills, while Emily Kolsk '20 added 10 more. Adelaide Shunk '20 and Charlotte Duran '20 dished out 17 and 12 assists, respectively, while Shunk also led the contest in digs with 10.
MATCH TWO: Amherst 3, Colby-Sawyer 0
The Mammoths opened the first stanza strong against the Chargers, registering a 7-1 run. Colby-Sawyer chipped away at the lead to make it a 12-7 game, however Amherst then rattled off 13 points to the Chargers four to secure the 25-11 win.
The closest set of the day for the Mammoths, Amherst recorded a .224 hit percentage in the second to edge Colby-Sawyer, 25-21. The Chargers opened the stanza with three consecutive points and then put together an 8-7 run to own an 11-8 lead at the midway point. Kills by Hendricks and Claire Dennis '20 got Amherst back into the running, as the Mammoths tied the score at the 17-17 mark before closing the set strong behind five kills to seal the 25-21 win.
Amherst made quick work of the third, posting 11 kills on 20 total attempts to earn a 25-10 victory and a 3-0 match sweep.
Hendricks and Marialexa Natsis '18 posted 13 and 12 kills, respectively, while Duran dished out 26 assists in the match. Natis and Asha Walker '18 each posted 11 digs for the Mammoths, while Honea registered 10 digs.