MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Amherst College's Maggie Danner '17 led all players with 10 kills, and Katie Warshaw '16 led all players with 13 digs as the Purple & White concluded its regular season with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-12) sweep of Wesleyan University in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC women's volleyball tilt at Silloway Gym in Middletown, Conn.
Amherst (21-3, 8-2)
Wesleyan (5-15, 1-9)
- Amherst's efficient offense was led by Nicole Carter '16 who dished out 35 of the team's 39 assists helping the Purple & White stake a .314 hitting percentage.
- Danner led the squad with 10 kills, followed by nine from Marialexa Natsis '18, seven from Nicole Gould '17, and five apiece from Lizzie Ahern '16 and Samantha Newby '16.
- Carter added five digs, while Hayes Honea '19 and Kelci Keeno '17 contributed four each. At the service line, Asha Walker '18 continued her stellar serving with four aces, while Newby added three.
- Wesleyan was led by a six-kill effort from Sarah Swenson, and received five kills each from Madeleine Lundberg and Abby Southam.
- Kelsey Tam ran the offense with 18 assists, while Lundberg led the defensive efforts with a team-best seven digs. Rachel Savage and Southam chipped in five digs each.
- After Amherst was able to claim the first set 25-9, Wesleyan responded with a solid second set as the sides played to five ties and a 17-17 score, before Carter, Danner and Natsis each registered a kill to lift the visitor's advantage to 20-17. The Cardinals answered with an assisted block by Emma Robin and Lundberg to pull to within one at 21-20, but a kill by Newby, an assisted block by Ahern and Newby, and a pair of Danner kills allowed Amherst to take a two-set lead in the contest.
- After falling behind, 4-0 in the third frame, the Purple & White scored six straight points, and 15 of the next 18 to take a 15-7 lead in the set. Wesleyan closed to within six (17-11) following an attacking error, but that's as close as it could get. Amherst sealed the sweep with an 8-1 run that featured a pair of kills from Danner and Newby, a kill by Annika Reczek '19, and an assisted block by Danner and Newby.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst has now won nine of its last 10 matches to close out the 2015 regular season entering the NESCAC Championship tournament.
- Amherst will be back in action Friday, Nov. 6 in the NESCAC Quarterfinal round hosted by top-seed Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The third-seeded Purple & White will take on No. 6 Connecticut College at 8 p.m.