SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Claiming her second consecutive conference accolade, sophomore middle blocker Sophie Launsbach of the Amherst College Volleyball team has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for her prowess on the court in a 2-0 week for the Mammoths.
Making just two errors on 46 swings in wins over Middlebury and MCLA, the Los Angeles, Calif. native posted a .630 hitting percentage and averaged 4.43 kills per set to push Amherst to a 10-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in league play.
In a critical 3-0 sweep of league foe Middlebury (25-21, 25-15, 25-20), Launsbach had 14 kills and three service aces before leading all players with 17 kills and a .762 attacking percentage in a four-set win over MCLA a day later. She had a block assist in each of the wins and also chipped in seven digs, while accounting for 5.1 points per set.
The first-ever Amherst volleyball student-athlete to earn back-to-back NESCAC Player of the Week nods since the award began being archived in 2000, Launsbach is also just the fifth-ever Mammoth to claim the accolade twice in the same season - joining Lizzie Ahern '16 (2012), Jaclyn DeMais '08 (2007), Kristin Quinn '07 (2004) and Meredith DeMeules '02 (2000).
Posting 152.0 points behind 131 total kills and a .461 hitting percentage in 39 sets played, Launsbach leads the NESCAC in all three categories, while her 19 total blocks is tied for first on the Mammoths.
Launsbach and Amherst volleyball return to action on Friday, October 4 when they host UMASS-Boston in a 6PM non-conference clash in LeFrak Gymnasium.