Mammoths Notch Pair of Wins as Hosts of HOF invitational

Mammoths Notch Pair of Wins as Hosts of HOF invitational

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.

Adelaide Shunk '21 had 23 assists while first year Skyleur Savage had 11 digs. Acord added nine digs of her own and Hendricks ended the night with nine kills and a block assist.

First year Alex Rone was in on two blocks and senior Lauren Reppert had four kills in her final regular season game in LeFrak.

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.