AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths battled back from a 2-1 deficit to send the contest into a fifth set, and Daria Kim-Percy '21 registered a double-double for the home team, however a .462 hitting percentage by the Jumbos in the final stanza proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College volleyball team fell to Tufts University 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 20-25, 25-21, 8-15), Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 11-5 on the season and to 2-3 in league play, while Tufts improves to 12-4 on the year (6-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 7 when they host Bowdoin beginning at 1 p.m.
The Mammoths jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first set behind the strength of three service aces, before the Jumbos called a timeout in an attempt to stop the momentum. Unrelenting, Amherst went on to tally two points for ever Jumbo score to set the score at 15-6. Two Cameron Hendricks '20 kills and a kill by Kim-Percy helped move the score to the 20-10 mark, before five unanswered points by Tufts highlighted by a Heather Holtz ace brought the visitors within five at the 20-15 mark. The Mammoths responded with their own 5-0 run to close out the 25-15 set win, with Tufts being charged with four errors and Marialexa Natsis '18 logging a kill.
The second stanza featured highly contested play, with the score being tied on 12 different occasions. Play began taking a turn towards the Jumbos at the 18-18 mark, with a Mackenzie Bright kill and an Amherst attack error giving Tufts a 20-18 lead. The Mammoths traded points with the visitors following a timeout, however two kills, an attack error and an ace directed Tufts to the 25-21 win.
Starting strong, Tufts took a 8-2 edge out of the gate to begin the third, before Amherst went on a run, highlighted by a Emily Kolsky '20 kill, top get within striking distance (10-7). Amherst battled back after being down as many as six points to move the score to 21-20 after a 4-0 run, however two services aces and a kill gave the Jumbos the 25-20 victory.
Amherst strung together runs of three or more unanswered points on three separate occasions in the fourth to earn the 25-21 victory and tie the contest at 2-2 as Kim-Percy and Kolsky led the Mammoths' offensive effort to force a fifth and final set.
Edging out Amherst 15-8 in the match finale, the Jumbos took control at the 3-3 mark, recording seven unanswered points to set the score at 10-3. Natsis posted two kills in an effort to slow the visitors' momentum, however Tufts closed out the game on a 4-3 run to earn the conference win.
- Kim-Percy and Kolsky led the Mammoths in kills with 15 and 14, respectively, while Charlotte Duran '20 dished out a match-high 41 assists.
- Hayes Honea '19 led all players with 21 digs, while Kim-Percy logged 19 digs to record a double-double on the day.
- Bright registered a contest-high 18 kills, while Christina Nwankpa chipped in nine kills for the Jumbos.
- Angela Yu led Tufts in assists with 28, while Kelly Klimo and Yu logged 20 and 17 digs, respectively.