AMHERST, Mass. – In a busy day of volleyball at LeFrak Gymnasium, the Amherst College volleyball team wrapped up their own Hall of Fame Invitational with a pair of three set wins, over WPI and Bridgewater State.
Amherst improves to 17-4 on the year and will continue their non-conference schedule on Tuesday when they travel to Coast Guard for a 7:00 PM match.
Match 1: Amherst 3, WPI 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-13)
The Mammoths opened the first set with five unanswered points against WPI, led by Cameron Hendricks '20 who notched two of her seven first-set kills in the opening points. The Engineers were able to thwart Amherst's run when Abbie Gilbert marked a kill from Azita Bakhtyari to put them on the board.
After their opening point, WPI (20-6) proceeded to go on a 5-1 run to catch up to the Mammoths. Casey Hunt recorded two kills during their spree before an attacking error by Amherst, and a service ace by Suela Miloshi, led the Red & White back to within one. From there on, the Mammoths never looked back as kills by Claire Dennis '20 and Emily Kolsky '20 sparked a four point run to increase the separation between the two sides, ultimately ending in a 25-14 score line.
Kolsky was named to the All-Tournament team after a nine-kill performance in this match and a 15-kill showing against Bridgewater State.
Jamie Dailey '21 anchored the Purple & White in the second set when she matched Hendricks with another seven kill mark for the team. Amherst was able to distance themselves from the Engineers when Dailey grabbed back-to-back kills to increase the lead by six. The Mammoths finished the set strong as they won the final five points to go up 2-0 (25-12).
Hendricks opened the scoring for Amherst in the third set, when she managed three kills in Amherst's first seven points. Amanda Wetmore was able to gain a few points back for the Engineers when she recorded three sequential kills to bring the scoring to 17-10. However, WPI followed up Wetmore's scoring with three attacking errors which allowed the Mammoths to take set three by a 25-13 margin.
The Mammoths hit .316 as a team and ended with 60 digs to defeat the Engineers in three sets. Amherst was able to record 42 kills, with Hendricks finishing with a game-high 13 for the Purple & White. Charlotte Duran notched 38 assists which pushes her career total to over the 2,000 mark.
Game 2: Amherst 3, Bridgewater State 0 (25-5, 25-17, 25-15)
Amherst hit .480 in the opening set and started the game on a 5-0 run as they cruised to a 25-5 victory.
Kolsky had 15 kills and hit .433 in the win for Amherst, who won the final eight points of the second set, a run that included three kills by Dailey and was served by Pearl Acord '21, who also had a kill during the spurt.
In the final set, Amherst ran out to a 10-3 lead with Hendricks and Dailey doing most of the damage, combining for six kills in the opening half of the game.
The Bears (4-14) were led by six kills from Kayla Baril, who also had ten digs and a service ace. Abigail Gardner added four kills and a game-high eleven digs.