AMHERST, Mass. – Lizzie Ahern '16 and Maggie Danner '17 registered a team-best 10 kills each, and Katie Warshaw '16 amassed 29 digs to help pace the Amherst College volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-14) sweep of Connecticut College in Friday evening's NESCAC match at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst remains unbeaten and improves to 6-0 on the season, and 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Conn. College moves to 4-2 overall, 0-1 in league action.
Amherst senior setter Nicole Carter directed a balanced attack that was highlighted by 33 assists and 13 digs. Ahern and Danner featured in the offensive output with 10 kills each, while the Purple & White used an eight-kill effort from Nicole Gould '17, and six kills from Marialexa Natsis '18 to keep Conn. College off balance. Carter and Samantha Newby '16 chipped in four kills each in the wining effort, while Kelci Keeno '17 and Asha Walker '18 made an impact on defense with nine digs each.
Hayes Honea '19 was stellar in her home debut notching six digs and four assists, while Ahern and Gould added four each in the winning effort.
The Camels' Caroline Martin led all hitters with 12 kills, while Ella Johnson followed with five. Three players reached double digits in digs including Jenny Kellogg who logged 23. Martin and Katia Elisman finished with 18 and 11 each.
After posting a 25-17 win in the opening set, Amherst fell behind, 5-1 to start the second frame, but quickly pulled back to within two (9-7) following a Conn. College hitting error. A trio of kills by Martin lifted the visitors to a five point lead (12-7), but the Purple & White again narrowed the gap, never letting the lead extend beyond that. With the score knotted at 19-19, Danner smashed a kill that sparked a 5-2 run that gave Amherst a 24-21 lead following a Natsis kill. A pair of attacking misfires allowed the Camels to narrow their deficit to one (24-23) before Gould finished the stanza off with a kill to give the home team a 2-0 lead in the contest.
In the third set, the sides battled to an 8-8 deadlock before Amherst began to pull away. An 8-1 run fueled by a pair of four-consecutive points stretches allowed the Purple & White to stake a 16-9 advantage. Leading 22-14, Ahern registered a kill, and Conn. College suffered a setting error which set up Honea with a service ace to seal the match.
Amherst returns to NESCAC action Saturday, September 19 when it hosts Tufts University at 2 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.