Kolsky’s Big Night Leads Mammoths to Sweep of Cougars

Kolsky’s Big Night Leads Mammoths to Sweep of Cougars

AMHERST, Mass. – Junior outside hitter Emily Kolsky had 15 kills and did not commit a hitting error to help lead Amherst College to a 3-0 win over Clark University in non-conference women's volleyball action on Wednesday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.

It was the 12th game this year that Kolsky has registered double-digit kills, and she takes over the team lead with 305 kills on the season.

Amherst hit .412 as a team behind Kolsky's .577, and won by scores of 25-13, 25-8 and 25-16 to improve to 15-3 on the season and win their fifth game in six October outings.

Clark, who falls to 12-11 on the season, was led by 9 kills from Ana Patricia Mercado.

In the opening set, a kill by Claire Dennis '20 sparked a 7-1 run as Amherst opened up a 17-8 lead. Kolsky put down a kill from Charlotte Duran '20, who had 45 assists, to close out the first set.

A kill by Mercado was the only point in the midst of a 12-1 run for the Mammoths as they raced out to a 15-3 lead in the second game, capping the run with kills by Jamie Dailey '21 and Sophie Launsbach '22.

Corina Picon ended the spurt with one of her seven kills for Clark, but Amherst was in control, closing out the set with a Dailey kill and then back to back kills from Cameron Hendricks '20.

Despite another opening set run, Clark was within a point at 15-14 in the third set before Amherst closed the match on a 7-1 streak, and Kolsky had three kills in the final six points, including the game-winner.

Launsbach was also in double-digits with ten kills and Dennis added seven kills. Each had two block assists, while Duran assisted on three blocks as well.

Defensively, Candace Chung '20 had a team-high ten digs to go with two service aces and Skyleur Savage '22 was good for seven digs and three aces.

Rachel Webb posted 18 assists for Clark and one of their two service aces. 

The Mammoths have three games at home this coming weekend as Amherst and Smith co-host the 27th Annual Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament. The first game of that tournament comes Friday night when Amherst plays Wellesley at 7:00 PM.