Amherst into Sixth Straight NESCAC Volleyball Semifinals

Amherst into Sixth Straight NESCAC Volleyball Semifinals

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Amherst College outlasted archrival Williams College in five sets and advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's volleyball semifinals for the sixth consecutive year.

With the 3-2 (23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12) victory over the Ephs (12-12), third-seeded Amherst improves to 21-4 and moves on to face the No. 2 Wesleyan Cardinals at 3:30 PM tomorrow on the campus of Bowdoin College.

Emily Kolsky '20 had a career-high 24 kills, including the tie-breaker of a 12-12 fifth set to spark the Mammoths to the final three points of the match. Jamie Dailey '21 added 17 kills and Cameron Hendricks '20 had 13 kills in the victory.

Williams, led by 16 kills from Mia Weinland and 12 kills from Erin Denham, opened the match on a five-point run and took the first set 25-23 despite six kills in the frame from Kolsky.

Amherst went on two separate five-point runs in the second set, and Dailey's five kills helped lead Amherst to a 25-11 second set win.

The third set saw a total of thirteen ties, but Amherst seized control when a kill from Claire Dennis '20 broke an 18-18 tie.

Four kills from Denham pushed Williams into the lead in the fourth set, with Alex Newton and her 38 assists, nine digs, and three block assists helping pace the Ephs.

Skyleur Savage '22 led all players with 29 digs, with Kolsky adding 15 digs of her own. Hayes Honea '19 and Candace Chung '20 were each in double-digits in that category as well.

Kolsky's offensive effort was one better than her previous career high of 23 kills, which she recorded October 21st of last year against WPI.

Wesleyan (17-4) defeated Bates 3-0 in their quarterfinals matchup and was one of just two teams to sweep the Mammoths during the regular season.