SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team's rally fell just short as Springfield College held on for a 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23) victory in Wednesday evening's non-conference contest at Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass.
- Nicole Gould '17 led Amherst with 10 kills, followed by nine kills from Maggie Danner '17, and eight apiece from Lizzie Ahern '16 and Samantha Newby '16.
- Nicole Carter dished out 34 of the team's 40 helpers and added nine digs, while Katie Warshaw '16 led the Purple & White with 19 digs. Hayes Honea '19 chipped in 10 digs and a pair of service aces, while Asha Walker '18 finished with nine digs.
- Ahern finished with four blocks, while Newby and Marialexa Natsis '18 added three each.
- Springfield's Kelsey McGayhey led all players with 18 kills, followed by 10 from Lauren Holt and nine from Jennifer Hurwitz.
- Molly Giannattasio dished out 28 assists, while Marnae Mawdsley logged 18 assists. Hanna Lozano led all players with 26 digs, followed by 19 from Hurwitz, 12 from Kerry Purcell, 11 from Giannattasio, and 10 from Mawdsley.
- Hurwitz and Lozano served up three aces each, while Holt delivered eight total blocks.
- After falling behind 2-0 in the contest, Amherst rallied in the third stanza, breaking a 15-15 tie with 7-3 run to set the score at 22-18. Kills by Giannattasio and McGayhey pulled Springfield back to within two (22-20), before Carter and Ahern registered back-to-back kills to give the Purple & White set point. The Pride responded with another kill by McGayhey, but an attacking error on the subsequent play allowed Amherst to claim the third frame, 25-21.
- In the fourth set, Amherst ran out to a 14-7 lead, before Springfield rallied for five straight points to pull to within two at 14-12, capped by a McGayhey kill. The Purple & White then scored seven of the next eight points to post a 21-13 advantage that featured a service ace from Kelci Keeno '17, and a kill each from Gould and Natsis, as well as an assisted block by Natsis and Ahern. The Pride again scored five unanswered points to narrow the score to 21-18, and later knotted the stanza at 23-23 on a solo block from Holt. From there, Kayleigh Helgesen floored a kill and Hurwitz delivered an ace to seal the 3-1 win for the Pride.
- Amherst wraps up regular season action this weekend with a Friday evening NESCAC match at Trinity College at 7 p.m. The Purple & White then travels to Wesleyan Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. match against the Cardinals.
- Springfield is back on the court Saturday afternoon against Wellesley College for its regular season finale. First serve is set for 1 p.m.