NEW LONDON, Conn. – After falling in the first stanza, the Amherst College volleyball team battled back to win three consecutive sets as the Mammoths powered past Connecticut College, 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-8) Friday evening at the Luce Field House.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-3 on the season and to 2-1 in league action, while Conn College falls to 8-5 overall (0-4 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 30 when they face off against Wesleyan and Stevens in tri-match action at Silloway Gym.
Trading points to open the first stanza, the Mammoths owned a 7-5 edge before the Camels notched 10 unanswered points to take a 15-7 lead. Conn. College continued to hold momentum, outscoring Amherst 8-4, before the Mammoths made a bid to claw back into the game behind four kills and three Camel errors to set the score at 24-20. Emma Hewlin registered the final kill to direct Conn. College to the win, 25-20.
The Mammoths evened the contest at 1-1 with a 25-21 win in the second, recording a .275 hit percentage. Four lead changes highlighted the beginning of the set as the sides entered the final stretch tied at 18-18. Kills by Cameron Hendricks '20, Marialexa Natsis '18 and Emily Kolsky '20 lifted Amherst to the win, as Natsis recorded the last point of the stanza to give Amherst to the 25-21 victory.
Jumping out to a quick lead behind six unanswered points, Amherst gained the advantage at the 4-3 mark and refused to relinquish its edge as they sealed a 25-18 win. Daria Kim-Percy '21 and Hendricks led the offensive effort for Amherst as they took a 2-1 match lead, with Kim-Percy posting five kills and Hendricks adding four more.
The Mammoths cruised to a 25-8 victory in the fourth stanza to close out the 3-1 conference win, clinching a .441 hit percentage behind 16 kills and only one error.
- Hendricks registered a contest-leading 15 kills and added two digs and two block assists, while Kolsky finished with 14 kills and nine digs.
- With 25 digs, Hayes Honea '19 led all players, while Kim-Percy and Charlotte Duran '20 logged 16 and 10 digs, respectively.
- Duran dished out an impressive 45 helpers, while Natsis finished with three assists.
- The Camels were led by Sam Hunter with 15 kills, while Grace McGee posted a team-high 33 assists. Caroline Branigan and Hunter each notched 14 digs to lead the home team, while Jenny Kellogg added 11 digs.