WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team received a 25-assist effort from Nicole Carter '16, but the Purple & White suffered its first setback of the 2015 season, 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-22) to NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College on Wednesday evening at Chandler Gym in Williamstown, Mass.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 7-1 on the season, 2-1 in NESCAC play, while Williams improves to 6-2 overall, 2-1 in league action.
Amherst was led Nicole Gould '17 and Marialexa Natsis '18 who combined for 16 kills, while Maggie Danner '17 finished with six to highlight the Purple & White's offensive output. Katie Warshaw '16 led the visitors with 15 digs, while Hayes Honea '19 dug 10 balls, followed by eight from Kelci Keeno '17.
Amherst also had four players register two assisted blocks, including Danner, Natsis, Gould and Samantha Newby '16. Newby also provided two of the Purple & White's three service aces in the contest.
Williams was paced by Tori Jasuta and Caitie Benell who registered 23 kills and 23 digs respectively. Ally Ostrow added a 10-kill, 17-dig outing, while Jasuta also recorded 17 digs. Setter Ryan Farley registered 48 assists and added 14 digs, while Anna Spellman finished with nine kills. At the net, Catherine Egan posted four assisted blocks, while Jasuta added three total blocks.
In the opening set, the Purple & White broke a 14-14 deadlock by exploding for a 10-1 run that featured a trio of kills by Natsis, one each from Danner, Gould and Carter, and a service ace from Newby. An Amherst attacking error and a kill by Ostrow momentarily halted the run and pulled the Ephs to within seven (24-17), but a hitting miscue by Williams allowed the Purple & White to claim in the stanza, 25-17.
The Ephs knotted the match with a 25-13 victory in the second frame, and took a 2-1 lead in the contest with a 25-16 win in the third stanza.
In the fourth set, the sides played to a 19-19 stalemate before a 4-1 run by Williams gave the home team a 23-20 advantage. From there, a kill by Egan helped the Ephs clinch the match with a 25-22 win the frame.
Amherst returns to action Saturday, Oct. 26 in non-conference tri-match action at Babson College. The Purple & White will take on Clark University at 2 p.m. and the host Beavers at 4 p.m. in Babson Park, Mass.