SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Amherst College defeated Western New England 3-0 and then came from a set down to beat Emerson 3-1, improving to 3-0 on their young season with two victories at a tri-match on Saturday afternoon at AHLC Gym.
Amherst looks to run their winning streak to four games next Friday night with a 6:00 PM game in Worcester at Clark University.
Game 1: Amherst 3, Western New England 0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-10)
Emily Kolsky '20 led all players with 17 kills and made just one error on 30 swings, good for a .533 hitting percentage.
The Golden Bears (2-4) were paced by 12 kills and 11 digs from Ashley Matthews and 24 assists from Caitlyn Sibiskie, who also recorded 7 of WNE's 44 digs.
Game 2: Amherst 3, Emerson 1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23)
After dropping their first set of the season, Amherst came back to edge the Lions by three straight scores of 25-23.
Duran continued her strong career against Emerson, recording 53 assists after posting 55 assists against the Lions last season.
Jamie Dailey '21 pounded a kill to clinch the second set and tie the match at one, while Kolsky delivered the decisive point in the third game.
With a chance to put away the Lions, Amherst led 20-15, only to see Emerson tie the fourth set at 21 on a kill by Logan Steenbergen.
The Mammoths used kills by Dailey and Cam Hendricks '20 to take a 24-21 advantage, then ended the match on another kill by Dailey, her 14th of the game.
That number led four different Mammoths who were in double-digits in kills, including 13 from Launsbach, 12 from Kolsky and 10 from Hendricks.