Volleyball Bounces Back with Two Sweeps to Close out Hall of Fame Invitational

Volleyball Bounces Back with Two Sweeps to Close out Hall of Fame Invitational

AMHERST, Mass. – The host Amherst College women's volleyball team closed out their Hall of Fame Invitational on Saturday afternoon with a pair of 3-0 wins, improving to 16-3 overall on the year.

Amherst topped Clark (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) in the opening game of the day, and then closed out proceedings at LeFrak Gymnasum with a straight set victory over Roger Williams (25-20, 25-12, 25-14).

The Mammoths are back in LeFrak next weekend with games against Tufts on Friday and Bowdoin on Saturday. Against the Jumbos, the Mammoths will celebrate Senior Night before their 7:00 PM contest.

Game 1: Amherst 3, Clark 0

Jamie Dailey '21 had a tremendous match, depositing 14 kills with just one error for a .481 hitting percentage.

The Cougars came out of the gate with a 7-3 run and led 12-6 midway through the opening set before Amherst began to battle back.  They tied the game at 16 on a kill by Emily Kolsky '20, but Clark tied the game at 1 and then again at 20 and 21 on a kill by Cameron Gill before Amherst finally put the set away.

Gill piled up 8 kills and 13 digs for Clark, who were led by Claudia Rivera, who had ten kills and a service ace.

Amherst used a 5-0 run to open up their advantage in set number two, when they hit .355 for the match, led by five kills from Kolsky. Rivera had six of her kills in the second set, though Amherst kept her to one kill in the third, when the Mammoths never trailed.

Kolsky led all players with 16 total kills and had a double-double with a team-high 17 digs. Pearl Acord '21 served two aces and racked up 9 digs for the Mammoths, who got 19 assists apiece from Charlotte Duran '20 and Jacqueline Kortekaas '23.

Clark's offense ran through Sophia Torino, who recorded 20 assists and was in on a block as well. Kacey Legare had three block assists and four kills, while libero Marimo Oka led the way with 15 digs.

Game 2: Amherst 3, Roger Williams 0

Senior Candace Chung served three aces, two of them in the opening six points, as Amherst led from wire to wire in the opening two games on their way to the sweep of the Hawks.

Kolsky recorded 11 more kills and Dailey was again in double digits with ten, while Alex Rone '22 and Caroline Tilton '23 controlled the net with seven combined blocks.

Amherst led 21-10 before the Hawks went on a 9-2 run to climb back into the opening set, including four service aces, three of them by Maddie Neuberger.

Neuberger had two kills and three blocks to go with her four service aces. Roger Williams was led by eight kills out of Lara Lolacono and seven from Katherine Pickard, along with 15 assists from setter Julia Fields.

Two kills by Dailey helped end the Hawks momentum and finish off the first set for the Mammoths.

Amherst carried that momentum into the second set, jumping out to a 7-0 lead and extending the advantage to 18-4 behind two of Tilton's four kills.

Tilton and Rone combined for two blocks in the second set, the final one to close out the game.

Despite a back and forth start to the third set, Amherst again took a lead at 6-5 and pushed it to a seven-point advantage on a kill by Kolsky.

Ahead 19-13, Amherst won six of the final seven points of the match, with kills by Kolsky, Tilton and Dailey helping them along.

Acord led all players with 14 digs in the nightcap, and Duran (12 assists) and Kortekaas (13 assists) again split setting duties for the Mammoths.