With weekend sweep complete, Amherst moves to 6-0

With weekend sweep complete, Amherst moves to 6-0

AMHERST, Mass. – Fresh off a win in their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener on Friday night, Amherst was back on the court for a non-conference tri-match Saturday, playing in LeFrak Gymnasium for the first time this year.

With 3-0 victories over Newbury College and Sage College, the Mammoths continued their undefeated season, improving to 6-0 on the year, their best start since the 2015 team opened with seven straight wins.

Game 1: Amherst 3, Newbury 0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-20)

Emily Kolsky '20 led the way with 19 kills and just one error, good for a .562 hitting percentage.

Adelaide Shunk '20 posted 37 assists and 12 digs, while first year Skyleur Savage led the Mammoths defensively with 13 digs.

Pearl Acord '21 and Alex Rone '22 had three service aces apiece, as Amherst racked up eight aces in the three set match.

The opening set was all Amherst, as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead and then used a 9-0 run to seize an 18-5 advantage with a kill from Claire Dennis '20.

Over the second half of game two, Amherst outscored Newbury 12-5 as Lauren Reppert '19 (five kills) made her mark on the match.

Samara Phillips '21 made the most of her opportunity in the third set, collecting five kills, four digs and one service ace.

For Newbury, Natalia Ortiz Arce had six kills and eleven digs, co-leading the team in digs with Amanda Payne.

Game 3: Amherst 3, Sage 0 (25-12, 25-6, 25-4)

The Mammoths dominated in their final match of the weekend, hitting .462 and racking up a 43-13 edge in kills.

Dailey had 13 kills and only one error, one of five Mammoths to hit .500 or better for the match. Sophie Launsbach '22 added 10 kills, her first double-digit showing in her young collegiate career.

Charlotte Duran '20 had the offense ticking to the tune of 36 assists, 7 of them from Kolsky, who finished the weekend with 38 kills in three games.

Savage was again in double-digits with 11 kills and was one of three Mammoths to serve two aces.

Skylar Van Alstyne paced Sage with four kills, while Megan Ryder had a team-high eight digs.

Amherst continues a four-game home-stand with contests this coming week against Plymouth State (Wednesday) and Trinity (Friday), both at 7:00 PM.

Game 2: Sage 3, Newbury 0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21)

The Nighthawks staved off several set points throughout the match, but Sage did just enough in each set to win the neutral site matchup.

Megan Ryder led all players with 9 kills and 18 digs, making just two errors for a Gators team that hit .130 for the match. Emma Parkington stuffed the stat sheet with six kills, 19 assists, five digs and four service aces, nearly half of the ten aces that the Gators pulled off on the day.

Ortiz Arce added six more kills and ten digs to her resume, with Payne's 15 digs again pacing the Nighthawks defensively.