WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Needing to compile as many New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) wins as possible, the Amherst College volleyball team claimed a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17) victory over rivals Williams College on Saturday afternoon at Chandler Gym.
Fighting for positioning in the conference, Amherst improves to 12-8 overall and 3-5 in the NESCAC, while Williams (8-10) falls under .500 in league play at 4-5.
Amherst jumped out to an 18-12 lead in the opening set, then rattled off four straight points, all on kills by Kim-Percy to close out the game after the Ephs had pulled back to a 21-19 score.
Despite falling behind 7-1 to open the second game on a serving run by Allison Frison for Williams, the Mammoths stayed in the game with kills by Emily Kolsky '20, who would go on to tally ten kills in the match. Amherst eventually took the lead at 17-16 thanks to two kills by Natsis and another by Kim-Percy. Two kills from Pearl Acord '21 capped a 5-0 run to make it 22-17 Amherst, and they did not look back in taking a 2-0 lead.
The Ephs avoided elimination by turning a 20-19 Amherst lead around and scoring the final six points of set number three. Alex Newton tied the game at 20 with a kill for Williams and then served out the match, notching a service ace along the way.
The Mammoths made sure that they did not have to play a fifth set for the second day in a row by jumping out to a 7-3 lead in set four and then breaking an 11-11 tie to take a 15-11 lead, with both runs served by Hayes Honea '19, who had 20 digs in the win. Amherst wouldn't trail again, and they ended the match on a 7-1 run, with Claire Dennis '20 notching the winning kill, one of seven on the day.
Next up for the Mammoths is the Hall of Fame Tournament, hosted by Amherst next Friday and Saturday. The home team will be on the court at 7:00 pm Friday for their first match of the weekend, a date with Wellesley.
- The Mammoths hit .236 as a team, led by Natsis (.357) and Kolsky (.308), along with Annika Reczek '18, who had two kills without making an error.
- The win snaps a four game skid for Amherst, and is the fifth consecutive match to go four or five sets.
- Adelaide Shunk '20 had 23 assists, while Charlotte Duran '20 put up 17 assists.
- Ally Ostrow led Williams with 12 kills and just missed a double-double with 9 digs.