AMHERST, Mass. – Putting together the program's best start in the past 10 seasons, the Amherst College volleyball team was able to overcome an early 1-0 deficit as they claimed three straight sets to power past Trinity College, 3-1 Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the victory, Amherst improves to 8-0 on the season and to 2-0 in league action, while Trinity falls to 5-3 overall (0-2 NESCAC). The Mammoths return to the court tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22 when they travel to UMASS-Boston for a 1 p.m. non-conference clash.
Amherst jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the first set, however a timeout by the Bantams sparked seven unanswered points by the Trinity offense to put the visitors ahead 9-6. Trading points down the stretch, the Mammoths came as close as 20-19, however an ace by Ali Odermann sealed the Bantams' victory.
With the second set tied at 16-16, the Mammoths returned the favor to even the contest at one all, as three kills by Emily Kolsky '20 helped Amherst close out the stanza, 25-18.
Taking their first lead of the match, 2-1, the third set was all Amherst with the Mammoths powering to a 25-13 win. Back-to-back kills by Jamie Dailey '21 and Cameron Hendricks '20 finished of the win.
Clinching the match victory in the fourth set, the Mammoths once again broke away from the Bantams early and were able to hold off a late comeback bid, using four kills and an attack error to earn the W, 25-17.
Rachel Underwood led the Bantam attack with 11 kills, while Jessica Yang recorded 31 helpers. Ali Odermann's 19 digs was a team-high.
Dailey led all players with 16 kills, while Charlotte Duran '20 dished out a match-high 32 assists. Skyleur Savage '21 picked up 21 digs to lead the pack for the Mammoths, while Sophie Launsbach '21 and Cameron Hendricks '20 each contributed three blocks.