AMHERST, Mass. – Four Mammoths tallied 10 or more kills in an exciting conference bout, but the Polar Bears closed out the match win in the fifth set as the Amherst College volleyball team fell to Bowdoin College, 3-2 (25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-17) Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 11-6 on the season and to 2-4 in league play, while Bowdoin improves to 9-6 overall (6-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 11 when they travel to Clark University for a 7 p.m. matchup.
A closely contested set, the first stanza saw the sides trade points until the Polar Bears began to gain the momentum at the 12-12 mark. Going on a 5-1 run, Bowdoin took a 17-13 lead before Amherst began roaring back to set the score at 19-19 behind two attack errors, kills by Claire Dennis '20 and Daria Kim-Percy '21 and a Hayes Honea '19 service ace. The Mammoths outscored the visitors, 6-3 down the stretch to clinch the 25-22 win, with Marialexa Natsis '18 and Emily Kolsky '20 logging two kills each and Honea registering another ace.
Notching a .405 hit percentage in the second set, Bowdoin earned a 25-16 win to even the contest at one set each. Capturing the first point of the stanza, Polar Bears never relinquished the lead, despite the Mammoths coming within two points at the 12-10 mark after a Natsis kill.
Amherst responded with a .419 hit percentage in the third stanza, to secure a 25-20 victory as the Mammoths took control with the score tied 13-13. Kolsky, Kim-Percy, Natsis and Dennis recorded the kills for Amherst down the stretch to direct the Mammoths to the win.
The Polar Bears forced a fifth and final set with a 25-21 win in the fourth, as they battled back from a three point deficit at the 16-13 mark to even the score at 19-19. Kolsky posted a kill and Asha Walker '18 drilled a service ace to give the home team a two point cushion, however Bowdoin closed out the set with six unanswered points to even the match at two sets each.
The score was tied four times in a thriller of a final set, and was deadlocked as late as the 14-14 mark. A kill by Kolsky gave the Mammoths a one point edge, but the Polar Bears went on to tally three straight points and the 17-15 victory.
- Natsis, Kim-Percy and Kolsky all had solid days at the net, registering 17, 16 and 15 kills, respectively.
- Charlotte Duran '20 led Amherst with 53 assists. Honea logged 26 digs, while Kim-Percy chipped in 22 digs.
- With a match-high 26 kills, Caroline Flaharty led Bowdoin, while Sydney Salle added 19 kills.
- Kate Kiser led the contest with 57 assists, while Lisa Sheldon posted 35 digs.