AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team used a match-high 16 kills from Maggie Danner '17 and combined to serve up 10 aces as the Purple & White powered to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-18) victory over Colby-Sawyer College in Wednesday evening's non-conference contest at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-2 overall, while Colby-Sawyer moves to 3-10 on the season. Amherst returns to action Friday, September 23 when it hosts archrival and Little III foe Williams College in its NESCAC home opener. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst cruised to an early, 8-2 lead in the opening set following a kill by Lauren Reppert '19, but Colby-Sawyer answered back scoring eight of the next 10 points to even the frame at 10-10 following an ace from Olivia Goodrich. The Chargers took a 14-13 lead following an attacking error by the Purple & White, but Amherst rallied scoring 12 of the next 13 points to pull away to a 25-14 victory in the first stanza.
The early stages of the second set again saw Amherst muscle out to an 8-1 advantage before Colby-Sawyer chipped away at the lead. The Chargers closed to within four twice in the set, but with Amherst holding a 16-10 lead, the Purple & White finished the frame by scoring nine straight points as Danner collected a trio of kills while Reppert, Natsis and Candace Chung '20 each added one to highlight the run.
A back-and-forth start to the third set saw Amherst use a 9-0 run to break a 5-5 deadlock that gave the Purple & White a 14-5 cushion. Amherst extended its advantage to 21-9 before the Chargers rebounded and eventually pulled to within 10 at 24-14. Four straight miscues by the Purple & White allowed Colby-Sawyer to narrow the deficit to 24-18, but Danner ended the match with her 16th kill of the contest to complete the sweep.
- Amherst hit a stellar .432 as a group, led by Danner's 16-kill effort (.593 hitting percentage), while Natsis and Nicole Gould '17 added seven kills each.
- Kate Bres '17 directed the offensive efforts, handing out 28 assists, while Adelaide Shunk '20 and Charlotte Duran '20 added eight and five helpers respectively.
- Chung led all players with 11 digs, while Kelci Keeno '17 and Hayes Honea '19 contributed eight and six digs respectively.
- Keeno delivered four service aces, while Chung added a pair of aces to help seal the win.
- Allie Rogers led Colby-Sawyer with seven kills, while Goodrich paced the offense with 16 assists.
- Caroline McCoy notched eight digs in the losing effort, while Morgan Flynn added seven. Goodrich also tallied two service aces.