LEWISTON, Maine -- Behind 18 kills from Emily Kolsky '20, Amherst College swept Bates College 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-22) on Friday night and clinched no worse than the #3 seed in next weekend's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's volleyball tournament.
In a match filled with rallies and great defensive play, it was Kolsky who often ended the drama in Amherst's favor. The junior pounded 18 kills with one attack error on 44 attempts (.386), and added a team-high 17 digs to lead the Mammoths (19-4, 7-2 NESCAC) to their fourth straight victory.
Claire Naughton and Taylor Stafford-Smith had nine kills apiece for Bates (13-8, 3-6 NESCAC), while Angel Echipue added seven kills and four blocks. Delaney Mayfield and Ruby Lightbourn had six kills apiece, and Sydney Phillips tallied four kills in the third set.
Julia Panepinto totaled 37 assists with eight digs in the losing effort. Megan Seabury, Gabi Eustache and Stafford-Smith all were in double figures in digs, with 24, 21, and 12, respectively.
The Bobcats had a chance to clinch a berth in next weekend's NESCAC playoffs with a win, but they clinched it anyway with the loss, thanks to Connecticut College's loss at Tufts. The Bobcats host Trinity College (13-8, 2-7) at 2pm on Saturday and will claim the seventh seed in the playoffs with a victory.
Amherst finishes its regular season at Colby on Saturday at 1pm.