AMHERST, Mass. – Six members of the Amherst College women's volleyball team were honored on Friday evening before the Mammoths faced off against No. 14 Tufts University in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at LeFrak Gymnasium.
After the team celebrated the careers of Emily Kolsky, Adelaide Shunk, Candace Chung, Claire Dennis, Charlotte Duran and Cam Hendricks, Amherst suffered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-15) defeat to the Jumbos, currently ranked as the #1 team in New England.
Amherst falls to 16-4 on the year and 5-2 in NESCAC play, while the Jumbos get their 20th win of the season and stay perfect in the conference (20-1, 7-0 NESCAC).
The Mammoths actually took the lead in each of the three sets but were unable to extend their advantage enough to hold off the Jumbos, who got 13 kills from Cate Desler and 22 digs from Stephanie Lee, both game-highs.
A closely contested opening set was tied five times and featured three lead changes, with the teams level at 17-17 before Tufts took the lead for good on a kill by Bridgid Bell.
Sophie Launsbach '22 and Jamie Dailey '21 each had four kills in the opening set for Amherst. Dailey led the Mammoths on the night with 10 kills, while Launsbach had eight kills and hit .538 for the match.
Tufts ran off six straight points, including two aces by Bell to take an 18-10 lead in the second set, and the Jumbos led 24-19 before Amherst nearly came back to tie the game.
A kill by Hendricks, one of seven in the match for the senior, and a service ace by Dennis, sparked a 4-0 run, but Jennifer Ryan slammed home a kill for the Jumbos for the 25-23 win.
The visitors raced out to an 11-4 lead in the final set and used four kills and a service ace from Desler in the final game to close out the match.
Ryan was in double-digits with ten kills for Tufts, while Maddie Stewart had nine kills and three block assists. Christina Nwankpa had six kills and five blocks for the Jumbos, who got their offense clicking through Rachel Furash (20 assists) and Ariel Zedric (21 assists).
Duran had 19 assists for Amherst, as well as nine digs. Dennis had four kills and was in on two blocks, as was Hendricks. Pearl Acord '21 led the team with 10 digs.
Amherst hosts Bowdoin tomorrow at 1:00 PM in LeFrak. Tufts heads to Middlebury for a 2:00 PM contest.