First-Time Honorees Kolsky, Duran Selected All-NESCAC

First-Time Honorees Kolsky, Duran Selected All-NESCAC

AMHERST, Mass. – Juniors Emily Kolsky and Charlotte Duran have each earned their first selection to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference women's volleyball team.

Kolsky, an outside hitter, was selected to the First Team and Duran, the team's setter, was voted onto the Second Team by the coaches throughout the conference.

The NESCAC leader in kills, Kolsky has racked up 326 kills in 27 matches for Amherst, who finished their season at 22-5 and as the runners-up in the NESCAC. Kolsky finished with double-digit kills in 19 matches, including a new career-high 24 kills in the Mammoth's 3-2 win over Williams in the NESCAC quarterfinals.

Along with averaging 3.58 kills per set, Kolsky averaged 2.11 digs per set, and finished the year by averaging 3.3 digs per set over her final five games.

In the three games of the NESCAC tournament, Kolsky recorded 55 kills and 41 digs.

Duran was also at the top of the NESCAC with 927 assists and an average of 10.42 assists per set. The junior setter went for 40+ assists on 11 occasions, including 55 assists against Emerson in a 3-1 win and 53 assists during a five-set win over Tufts, helping the Mammoths come from a 2-0 hole to knock off the Jumbos.

The NESCAC tournament was a strong showing for Duran as well, as she posted 43 assists in the quarterfinals win over Williams, and then went for double-doubles in both the semifinals against Wesleyan (40 assist, 15 digs) and the championship against Bowdoin (35 assists, and a season-high 21 digs).

At the net, Duran totaled 27 blocks on the season, while in service she aced her opponents on 13 occasions and defensively racked up 206 digs, averaging 2.31 per set.

Behind the fantastic play of Kolsky and Duran and contributions from across the roster, the Mammoths earned their first 20-win season since 2015 and upset Wesleyan in the NESCAC semifinals to reach their first championship game in a decade.