Volleyball Splits with SUNY Canton, UMass- Boston

Volleyball Splits with SUNY Canton, UMass- Boston

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-13) sweep of SUNY Canton, but suffered a 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 14-25, 27-25) loss to UMass-Boston during day two action of the 25th annual Hall of Fame Invitational Saturday at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the split, Amherst moves to 14-7 on the season, and will be back in action Wednesday, Oct. 26 when it hosts Springfield College at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Amherst 3, SUNY Canton 0

The first two sets featured back-and-forth action. In the opening stanza, the sides battled to eight tie scores and three lead changes before Amherst broke a 15-15 deadlock with a 7-3 run to take a 22-18 lead in the set.  The Purple & White extended their cushion to 24-21 following a bad set attempt by the Kangaroos, but the visitors then used a kill by Shea Norton, and a block assist from Norton and Marissa Ixtlahuac to pull to within one at 24-23. Maggie Danner '17 sealed the set one win for Amherst with a kill.

The second stanza played out in similar fashion as the teams posted 11 ties and six lead changes. With the score knotted at 21-21, Amherst closed out the frame on a 4-1 run as Asha Walker '18, Nicole Gould '17 and Emily Kolsky '20 each downed kills during the stretch to help the Purple & White seal the 25-22 win.

In the third set, Amherst ran out to a 22-13 lead and used a Gould kill, followed by a pair of SUNY Canton attacking errors to secure the sweep.

Gould led Amherst with 12 kills, while Danner and Marialexa Natsis '18 followed with 11 and 10 respectively. Charlotte Duran '20 dished out 21 assists to lead the offensive effort, while Kate Bres '17 added 10 helpers. Candace Chung '20 dug a team-high 17 balls, while Kelci Keeno '17 added 13 digs. Walker and Gould tabbed 11 digs each, while Annika Reczek '18 finished with a solo block and four assisted blocks.

UMass-Boston 3, Amherst 1

After falling behind, 2-0 in the match thanks to a pair of 25-19 victories by UMass-Boston, Amherst answered with a convincing win in set three. Leading 18-13, the Purple & White used six straight points highlighted by three kills from Gould, a block by Natsis, and a kill from Kolsky to set the score at 24-13. Julia Murphy downed a kill, but Gould finished off the set with a kill to make it 25-14 forcing a fourth frame.

In a back-and-forth fourth set, the teams battled to 11 tie scores and three lead changes. With the score knotted at 25-25, Murphy collected a pair of kills as the Beacons were able to outlast the Purple & White 27-25, and clinch the match, 3-1.

Gould led Amherst with 14 kills and eight digs, while Natsis was terrific with 13 kills. Kolsky, Danner and Lauren Reppert '19 notched seven kills each.

Duran led the charge with 21 assists and 15 digs, while Bres dished out 18 assists and contributed 14 digs. Honea tabbed 22 digs to lead the Purple & White, while Reczek added four assisted blocks in the losing effort.