Kolsky Reaches 1,000 Kills as Bowdoin Tops Amherst

Kolsky Reaches 1,000 Kills as Bowdoin Tops Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior outside hitter Emily Kolsky reached the 1,000 kills plateau on Saturday afternoon, but the Amherst College women's volleyball team fell to Bowdoin College 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-13) in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in NESCAC play, with their final home game set for next Tuesday, a 6:00 PM non-conference affair against Coast Guard.

Bowdoin improves to 14-6 and 6-2 in the conference.

Kolsky reached the milestone with her second of eight kills in the match, which tied the opening set at 10. The game was tied at 13 before Bowdoin went on a 5-0 run to take the lead for good.

The Polar Bears got nine kills apiece from Cori Gray and Ashley Williams, who also played big parts in the 18 block assists racked up by the visitors. Gray had a solo and six block assists, while Williams was in on three blocks, as was teammates Jaida Hodge-Adams and Danielle Abrams.

Sophie Launsbach '22 had eight kills to co-lead the Mammoths along with Kolsky, who had 11 digs. Pearl Acord '21 led the team defensively with 16 digs, while Charlotte Duran '20 had 14 assists and six digs.

Gray and Williams each hit better than .450 for the Polar Bears, who went 10-1-21 for a .429 hitting percentage in the final set.

Emily King led all players with 23 digs, as well as two service aces, one of four Bowdoin players to serve multiple aces.

For the Mammoths, Candace Chung '20 had a service ace along with six digs, while Launsbach and Jacqueline Kortekaas '23 also served aces, with Kortekaas racking up eight assists in the process.

Claire Dennis '20 added five kills, while Cam Hendricks '20 had four kills and two block assists.

Bowdoin closes out its regular season next weekend at home against Colby and Bates. Following their tilt with the Bears, Amherst heads on the road to Hamilton and Williams to close out their regular season.