AMHERST, Mass. – In the first of six games to be played at LeFrak Gymnasium over the course of the next two weekends, Amherst College defeated Hamilton College 3-0 for their fifth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's volleyball victory of the year.
The second of those home games comes tomorrow afternoon when rivals Williams College comes to town for a 1:00 pm showdown against the Mammoths (13-3, 5-2 NESCAC).
Emily Kolsky '20 led all players with eight kills and had a team-high 16 digs in the victory for Amherst.
Two kills by Jamie Dailey '21 aided a 5-0 run for Amherst to open up an 8-3 lead in the first set. Another 5-0 spurt later in the set increased the advantage to 19-9.
A pair of kills by Kendall Boxe, who had five on the evening, kept Hamilton within five points, but Claire Dennis '20 pounded one of her seven kills to close out the first set.
The second set started with a kill by Hamilton's Jane Fanning, but then saw the Mammoths win the next eight points to put a stranglehold on proceedings. Ahead 11-5, Amherst got six more consecutive points, including two service aces from Sophie Launsbach '22 to stretch their lead to double digits.
A similar stretch emerged in the third set, as Amherst took a 14-13 edge and then won eight of the next nine points to claim a 22-14 advantage.
On the brink of elimination, Hamilton got a kill by Claire Kitz, and then saw Nikki Matsuoka serve four straight points, including an ace to cut the lead to four. Matsuoka led all players with 25 digs in an excellent defensive effort.
Dennis used one of her seven kills to stop the run, and Amherst closed out the match on a serving error by the Continentals.
Hamilton was led by six kills apiece from Emma Parkhurst and Dorothy Poucher, with Parkhurst also setting up 11 assists, grabbing ten digs, and assisting on two blocks. Meghan Wilkinson had 13 more assists and seven digs.