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.
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.