MEDFORD, Mass. – The Amherst College volleyball team fell to NESCAC foe Tufts University, 3-0 (21-25, 17-25, 27-29) in a tightly contested matchup Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league play, while the Jumbos improve to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in the NESCAC. Amherst returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 21 when they welcome Colby-Sawyer to Lefrak Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt, while Tufts will travel to UMass-Boston on Sept. 20 for a 7 p.m. contest.
The sides came out evenly matched to begin the first set, with neither team leading by more than three points until the Jumbos ultimately went on a four point run highlighted by three Amherst attack errors to take a 17-13 lead. Amherst would battle back behind the serve of Kelci Keeno '17 to bring their deficit to one, 18-19, however after a kill by Maggie Danner '17 made the score 19-20, Tufts would string together a three point run that decided the set.
In the second set, the Jumbos took an early lead and would not relinquish it despite a three point and four point run by the Purple & White. Falling behind 7-20, Amherst showed great tenacity, battling back behind three kills each by Emily Kolsky '20 and Nicole Gould '17 and a kill by Marialexa Natsis '18 to bring the score to 16-23, however that was as close as they would get as a kill by Katie Kim would conclude the set, 17-25.
The final set of the match proved to be the most exciting, with the two teams playing to a score of 27-29. Jumping out to a quick 7-3 advantage, Amherst would hold the lead for the majority of the set, but the Jumbos would rally and eventually even the score a 22-22. Back-to-back Jumbo errors would give the Purple & White the lead once again (24-22), before a combination of three kills by Brigid Bell, a service error and a kill by Gould set the score at 27-27. With the score even, Tufts would take advantage of an Amherst service error and a kill by Rachel Furash to secure the 27-29 win in set three.
- Kolsky finished with 10 kills for Amherst, while Natsis and Gould totaled six and five, respectively.
- Hayes Honea '19 led the Purple & White with 15 digs, followed by six from Kolsky and five from Charlotte Duran '20.
- Duran dished a team-high 15 assists, while Kate Bres '17 added 13 more for Amherst.
- Katie Kim led the Jumbos with a match-best 12 kills, while Brigid Bell and Elizabeth Aherns finished with 11 and eight kills, respectively.
- Rachel Furash dished out a match-best 23 assists and added four digs, while Kelly Klimo totaled 16 digs to lead the match.