MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Facing off against the Cardinals and the Ducks at Silloway Gym, the Amherst College volleyball team posted a 1-1 split, falling to host Wesleyan, 3-0 (25-15, 15-16, 25-14) in a NESCAC contest before rebounding with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-23) sweep of Stevens.
With the split, Amherst moves to 11-4 on the season and to 2-2 in conference play. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Oct. 6 when they host Tufts at LeFrak Gym beginning at 7 p.m.
MATCH ONE: Amherst 0, Wesleyan 3
The teams traded points to open the first stanza to set the score at 4-4 before Wesleyan put together a 9-1 run to take a 13-5 lead. Kills by Marialexa Natsis '18 and Emily Kolsky '20 disrupted the Cardinals momentum, as they brought the Mammoths within five at the 14-9 mark. The margin stayed at five as both sides tallied four points, before Wesleyan posted four unanswered kills. A service ace by Mia Hogan finished off the set as the Cardinals earned the 25-15 win.
Wesleyan started the second strong, jumping out to a 17-10 lead. Kills by Daria Kim-Percy '21 and Claire Dennis '20 pulled the Mammoths within striking distance, however the Cardinals once again took control at the 18-14 mark, going on a 7-2 run to close out a 25-16 victory.
The beginning of the third set proved to be a battle as the stanza was deadlocked at the 10-10 mark, however the Cardinals outscored Amherst 15-4 down the stretch to clinch the 25-14 set win and the 3-0 sweep.
Natsis led the Mammoths in kills with eight, while Kolsky added six more for Amherst. Charlotte Duran '20 dished out a team-high 22 assists, while Hayes Honea '19 and Asha Walker '18 recorded 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Nicole Hilton led the contest with 11 kills for the Cardinals, while Kaira Muraoka-Robertson and Phia Bellizzi logged 35 assists and 24 digs, respectively.
MATCH TWO: Amherst 3, Stevens 0
The opening set proved to be a thriller as the stanza was tied as late as the 19-19 mark and featured five lead changes. Cameron Hendricks '20, Annika Reczek '18 and Dennis proved to be the difference makers down the stretch as they each posted kills in Amherst's final 6-2 run to help Amherst edge the Ducks, 25-21.
The second stanza stood as the least competitive on the day, with the Mammoths recording 13 unanswered points to close out the set and notch the 25-10 win.
Amherst registered a .310 hit percentage in their 25-23 win over Stevens in the third. Down 23-21, the Mammoths wrapped up the 3-0 sweep behind four uncontested points as the Ducks suffered three errors and Dennis logged a kill.
Kolsky tallied a match-high 13 kills, while Dennis added 10 more. Once again leading the team, Duran dished out 30 assists, while Honea notched 13 digs for Amherst.
Casey King, Julie Greco and Sydni Horner were the statistical leaders for Stevens, posting 12 kills, 17 assists and 13 digs, respectively.