WATERVILLE, Maine – Amherst College completed a sweep of their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) volleyball weekend, but also saw their winning streak come to an end as they split a tri-match at Colby College on Saturday afternoon.
The Mammoths (8-1, 2-0 NESCAC) defeated Colby in three sets in the opening match of the day, and then fell to Endicott College 3-2 in a non-conference match for their first defeat of the year after opening the season 8-0.
Amherst returns home for next Friday night's NESCAC match against Middlebury, with first serve at 7:00 PM.
Match 1: Amherst 3, Colby 0
Amherst took the three sets 25-17, 25-8, and 25-11, hitting .425 for the match.
Natalie Simonton led the Mules in kills (8) and Elizabeth Middlebrook led in digs (7).
Match 2: Endicott 3, Amherst 2
Amherst won the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-10, but Endicott rallied behind a three-set combined hitting percentage of .309 (40K-11E-94TA) to complete the come-from-behind win with scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 15-5.
Endicott's defense registered 44 digs and seven blocks, and limited Amherst to a .130 hitting percentage (28K-16E-92TA) in the final three sets.
Kolsky and Dailey had 16 kills apiece and senior Candace Chung added 28 digs for Amherst. Hendricks posted 15 kills and a .500 hitting percentage and Launsbach had 11 kills and a solo block.
Colleen McAvoy highlighted Endicott's efforts in the victory with a match-high 17 kills (.519) to go along with two solo blocks and three block assists. Remi Quesnelle also notched 11 kills, while Nicole Winkler chipped in with 10 kills (.429).
Zoey Gifford and Lauren McGrath ran the Gull's offense via 37 and 15 assists, respectively. On the defensive end, Mackenzie Kennedy collected a season-high 31 digs.
Endicott and Amherst are ranked No. 6 and No. 9, respectively, in the latest New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Regional Poll.