BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-11) victory over Clark University, and a 3-1 (25-18, 13-25, 25-16, 27-25) win over Babson College Saturday afternoon in non-league tri-match action in Babson, Park, Mass.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS – AMHERST 3, CLARK 0
- Maggie Danner '17 led Amherst with 13 kills, while Lizzie Ahern '16 had nine. Nicole Carter '16 directed the attack with 23 assists, while Kate Bres '17 dished out 11 helpers.
- Katie Warshaw '16 led all players with 19 digs, Asha Walker '18 added eight, and Danner chipped in seven.
- Ahern and Samantha Newby '16 led the Purple & White at the net registering four assisted blocks each.
- Ana Mercado posted nine kills to lead Clark in the losing effort, while Mia Cattaneo finished with nine digs. Rachel Webb led the Cougars' offense with 18 assists.
- In the opening set, Amherst held a 17-12 lead and used four straight points, highlighted by kills from Danner, Ahern, and Lauren Reppert '19 to give the Purple & White a 10-point (22-12) cushion en route to a 25-13 victory in the frame.
- The second stanza saw Amherst battle back from a 7-2 deficit to stake a 13-13 tie. From there, the Purple & White orchestrated a 9-1 run to take a 22-14 lead in the frame. The run featured a pair of Danner kills, one each from Nicole Gould '17 and Annika Reczek '18, and a service ace from Kelci Keeno '17, as Amherst cruised to a 25-18 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
- The third session saw the Purple & White run out to an 8-1 lead and never look back, as Amherst sealed the sweep with a 25-11 win in the third set.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS – AMHERST 3, BABSON 1
- Danner and Gould led Amherst with 14 and 10 kills respectively, while Ahern and Natsis finished with eight each. Newby added seven kills and two total blocks, while Carter paced the attack with 32 assists.
- Warshaw led the Purple & White with 23 digs, followed by 15 from Carter and 14 from Walker.
- Mary Donahue led Babson with 17 kills, while Alicia Wilde finished with 14. Krissy Robertson dished out 33 assists, Elizabeth Sullivan totaled 22 digs, Kristen Haislip chipped in 15 digs, and Wilde dug 13 balls in the losing effort.
- In the opening set, Amherst opened up a 21-11 lead, and extended the cushion to 23-13, before Babson responded with a four-point run to pull to within six at 23-17. The Purple & White answered with a kill by Gould, and following a Gizem Yilmaz kill, the visitors used a Beavers attacking error to win the first set 25-18, and take a 1-0 lead in the contest.
- The second stanza saw Babson answer with a 25-13 win to level the match at 1-1.
- In the third set, Amherst held a narrow edge throughout the set. The Purple & White held a 20-16 lead before the visitors closed out the set with five straight points sparked by kills from Danner, Carter and Marialexa Natsis '18 to give Amherst a 2-1 advantage in the contest.
- In the fourth frame, Amherst broke a 16-16 stalemate with a 5-0 run that was fueled by Walker, Danner and Newby allowing the Purple & White to post a 21-16 lead. The Beavers rallied to close to within two (21-19) on a kill by Jenny Karnes, before Gould registered back-to-back kills to make it 23-19.
- An assisted block by Alana Atchison and Robertson, followed by a kill by Donahue shrunk the gap further (23-22) as Babson pulled to within one. After the teams exchanged attacking errors, Donahue evened the set with a kill to set the score at 24-24. Another Donahue kill gave the Beavers a 25-24 edge, but Amherst answered through Natsis and Danner who floored back-to-back kills, and the Beavers suffered an attacking error as the Purple & White earned a 27-25 decision to win the set and clinch the match.
- Amherst returns to NESCAC action Friday, Oct. 2 when it hosts Colby College at 8 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
- Clark is back in action Tuesday, Sept. 29 when it hosts MIT at 6 p.m. in conference action, while Babson also returns to the court Tuesday evening with a league match against Coast Guard at 7 p.m.