Amherst Overwhelms Smith in Season Opening Win

Amherst Overwhelms Smith in Season Opening Win

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team opened up the 2019 season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Smith College, defeating the Pioneers 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 on Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Amherst (1-0) got 11 kills apiece from Sophie Launsbach '22 and Emily Kolsky '20, and 27 assists from senior setter Charlotte Duran.

The Mammoths will face their first road test of the season tomorrow when they head to Western New England for a tri-match against the Golden Bears and the Lions of Emerson College.

Launsbach (11-1-17) hit .588 to pace the offensive attack for Amherst, who hit .317 on the night and jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening set, eventually extending the lead to 17-5 with a 5-0 run served by Launsbach.

Smith, led by five kills from Ava Zollinger and 12 digs by Jody Huang, used a kill by Kimani Freeman to snag their only lead of the night early on in the second set. Amherst surged back with a 9-2 run, then used another 5-0 spurt to open up a 23-9 advantage.

In the third set, Amherst hit .467, making just three errors and racking up 17 kills on their way to a 25-9 win. Launsbach record kills on all six of her swings in the third set, and Kolsky had five of her kills in the final frame.

Skyleur Savage '22 recorded a game-high 15 digs, nine of them in the third set, to lead Amherst defensively.

For the Pioneers (0-4), Evi Evgeniou posted 13 assists and four digs while assisting on two blocks. Caleigh Johnson was in on four blocks for Smith, who play tomorrow at Salve Regina.