WORCESTER, Mass. – The Mammoths kept things close, however an early 2-0 deficit proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College volleyball team fell to Clark University, 3-1 Wednesday evening at the Kneller Center.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 11-7 on the year, while Clark improves to 12-8 overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Oct.14 when they travel to Hamilton for a 7 p.m. conference matchup.
Clark began to break away early in the first set, jumping out to an 8-4 lead before the Mammoths put together a 5-2 run behind kills by Emily Kolsky '20 and Lauren Reppert '19 and an Asha Walker '18 service ace to set the score at 10-9. The Cougars responded with a 6-1 run of their own to direct the home team to the 25-17 set victory.
Taking a 2-0 match lead in the second stanza, Clark battled past Amherst, 25-22. Trading points to open the set, the score was tied as late as the 20-20 mark. A Claire Dennis '20 kill once again tied the score at 22-22 after a point by Marina Ramos, however the Cougars closed out the set with three straight kills to earn the win.
An Amherst .382 hit percentage in the third stanza directed the Mammoths to a dominative 25-12 victory, with the visitors registering the first five points pf the set en route to taking a 11-5 lead. A string of six unanswered points at the 13-8 mark extended the Mammoths lead to 18-8, before Amherst wrapped up the victory with a 5-1 run that was capped off by a Marialexa Natsis '18 ace and a kill by Dennis.
The fourth and final set saw Clark claim a 25-20 victory to seal the match win. Up 15-11 midway through the stanza, the Cougars posted five unanswered points to take a 16-15 lead before a Natsis kill tied the set, 16-15. Clark outscored Amherst 9-4 down the stretch to earn the 3-1 victory.
- With 18 kills, Kolsky led the Mammoths, while Natsis added 14 kills for Amherst.
- Charlotte Duran '20 dished out an Amherst-high 43 assists, while Hayes Honea '19 recorded 20 digs and Walker chipped in 13 more.
- Ramos led the match with 26 kills, while Ana Mercado logged 20 kills on the day.
- Sophia Torino posted a game-high 52 assists, while Rayme Quiban picked up 34 digs on the day.