AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst volleyball program honored their four graduating seniors on Friday night before their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match against Bates, and then they ensured them another trip to the postseason with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-24) win over the Bobcats at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Natsis had eight kills in the win, while Daria Kim-Percy '21 led all players with 16 kills and had a double-double with 13 assists. The Mammoths improve to 15-9 (4-5 NESCAC), and have clinched a postseason spot, looking to make their fourth straight NESCAC semifinals appearance.
The home team did not trail very often in the match, and though the Bobcats hung with them in the opening set, pulling to within a point at 20-19 and 21-20, Amherst got a kill by Cameron Hendricks '20 and two more from Kim-Percy to send them to a first set victory.
The Mammoths did not relinquish the lead in the second set after taking it over at 7-6. The advantage opened up to 22-15 on an attack error by Bates and that was the advantage after Kim-Percy notched two more kills and another error put Amherst in the driver's seat.
Amherst ran in front 10-5 in the third set. They stretched the advantage to seven again with two kills by Natsis and one of Emily Kolsky's '20 12 kills on the night.
Ruby Lightbourn, who had eight kills to lead Bates, helped the visitors cut the deficit to 23-20, but Amherst was able to close out the match with a 25-22 victory.
For the Bobcats, Gabi Eustache had 17 digs and Jacqueline Forney put up 26 assists.