AMHERST, Mass. – Matching their best start since the 2015 season, the Amherst College women's volleyball team improved to 7-0 with a 3-0 victory over Plymouth State in non-conference women's volleyball action on Wednesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Mammoths won by scores of 25-11, 25-18 and 25-17 and are now 3-0 at home and 6-0 in non-league play on the year. Plymouth State drops to 7-6 overall.
Claire Dennis '20 led all players with nine kills on the evening and was in on four blocks. Jamie Dailey '21 had eight kills, 3 service aces and 13 digs, a category led by Skyleur Savage '22, who racked up 18 more digs.
Amherst jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first game, then ran their lead up to 14-5 with a five-point run served by Hayes Honea '19. Two kills by Sophie Launsbach '22, who had seven, helped them close off the match with the final four points.
Kills by Alexis Bowers and Allie Rogers helped Plymouth State take a 4-2 lead in the second set. Bowers had four kills in the loss, along with seven digs, while Alexa Price led the team with five kills and 14 assists.
With the second set tied at 17, a 4-point run served by Charlotte Duran '21, which included one ace, let the Mammoths grab control of the set. They would close out the game on an 8-1 run, and clinched the win with two attack errors by the Panthers.
Alisha Flanagan had 11 digs for Plymouth and Ari Linden led the team defensively with 12 digs. The pair combined for six kills as well.
Again clinging to a four point lead, Amherst got two kills from Kolsky on their way to a 6-2 run, putting the match away on a kill by sophomore Pearl Acord.
Amherst will return to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play Friday night when they host Trinity College at 7:00 PM. The Mammoths are 1-0 in the conference after a five-set win over Middlebury.