AMHERST, Mass. – In perhaps the most convincing performance of the 2018 season so far, the Amherst College women's volleyball team won their tenth straight game with a straight set (25-10, 25-15, 25-17) win over New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rivals Connecticut College on Friday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium.
Emily Kolsky '20 led the Mammoths with 18 kills as they moved to 10-0 on the year and 3-0 in the conference, improving on the best start to a season in over a decade.
Kolsky and Cameron Hendricks '20, who added ten kills, combined to hit .489 on nearly fifty attempts. As a team, the Mammoths hit .316 on the night and over .340 in each of the first two sets.
Serving was another pivotal part of Amherst's dominance in this win. The Mammoths racked up ten service aces, four of them by senior Hayes Honea and three more from Charlotte Duran '20, who posted 41 assists in the win.
First-year Avery Light led the Camels with six kills, as Connecticut College slips to 4-8 (1-3 NESCAC).
Three of Honea's service aces came in the first set, in which she served a 7-0 run that pushed the Mammoth's lead to 12-6. Duran took the serve at 15-9 in favor of the Mammoths and didn't relinquish it until Amherst had tacked on six more points. They would eventually score 11 of the final 12 points in the game to run away with the opening set.
A kill by Emma Hewlin, one of her three on the night, put the Camels ahead 5-4 in the second set, but Amherst held their ground and took a 14-7 lead thanks to back to back blocks by Claire Dennis '20 and Jamie Dailey '21. Dailey would finish the night with seven kills and she and Dennis each had four block assists.
In the third set, first year Sophie Launsbach racked up four of her eight kills in a span of five points to help Amherst get out to a 10-4 lead. Connecticut College would get as close as 11-9, but Kolsky's final two kills of the night helped put the match out of reach.
First year Skyleur Savage led all players with 18 digs, while for the Camels, Dayna McCue had seven digs and Eliza Wolcott posted six digs and four kills.
Amherst is back on their home court at 11:00 AM tomorrow morning to begin a tri-match against Wesleyan and Endicott. The first match is against the Cardinals, a NESCAC battle with the defending conference champions.
Both Amherst and Weseleyan come into the match undefeated in conference play.