AMHERST, Mass. – Today's women's volleyball tri-match at LeFrak Gymnasium featured three of the best teams in the region, and unfortunately, Amherst College ended up on the wrong side of the score-line in defeats to Wesleyan University and Endicott College.
The Mammoths had entered today's matches with a 10-game winning streak to start the season, but suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Wesleyan and a 3-1 non-conference loss to the Gulls to move to 10-2 on the year and 3-1 in the conference.
Endicott topped Wesleyan in four sets in the neutral site game of the afternoon.
Game 3: Endicott 3, Amherst 1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-23, 26-24)
Amherst missed opportunities to take the lead in the third set and tie the game in the fourth set, falling by just two points in each of the last two games.
The Mammoth offense was led by first year Sophie Launsbach, who continued her strong hitting by swinging at a .609 clip, with 15 kills and just one error.
Hayes Honea '19 also had three aces to go with 13 digs of her own, while sophomore Jamie Dailey put down nine kills for Amherst. Junior middle Claire Dennis had two solo blocks and assisted on three more rejections.
Endicott got a staggering 26 kills from Emma Mancini, who hit .393 in the match. Zoey Gifford posted a double-double with 45 assists and 15 digs, while Mackenzie Kennedy had a game-high 23 digs and eight assists.
Defensively, Amherst first-year Skyleur Savage led all players with 17 digs, while also chipping in four assists.
Game 1: Wesleyan 3, Amherst 0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-13)
The Cardinals wasted little time in the morning's first match, hitting .336 on their way to a three-set victory.
Amherst staved off set point three times in the second set to tie the match at 24, but a kill by Nicole Hilton for Wesleyan and a block by Mia Jago sent the Cardinals on their way.
Kolsky and Dailey each had 11 kills and Launsbach had seven kills without an error for a .636 hitting percentage. She increased her team-leading hitting percentage to .425 on the year, after entering today with a .381 clip.
Duran was good for 35 assists in the loss for Amherst, while Kaira Muraoka-Robert and Grace Rose split their assists nearly evenly to match that same number.
Six different Cardinals posted six or more kills in the win. Maddie Kurke led all Wesleyan players with 10 kills and made just one error on 17 attempts. Madeleine Lundberg had eight kills and 11 digs, while Mia Hogan added nine kills and a pair of block assists. Hilton had six kills and was in on four blocks.
Game 2: Endicott 3, Wesleyan 1 (25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19)
In the neutral site match, Endicott jumped out to an early two-set lead and then held off the Cardinals in the fourth set to claim their tenth win of the year.
Mancini again led all players with 21 kills, aided by 15 kills and ten digs from Amanda Gilbert. Kennedy matched her uniform number with a game-high 33 digs and Gifford was good for 47 assist, two service aces, four kills and 16 digs.
For the Cardinals, Stasie Litinsky was the team leader with 13 kills, while Phia Bellizzi had 29 digs. Gabby Roberts added eight kills without an error for a .421 hitting percentage.
Amherst is back home again next Wednesday at 7:00 PM to start October with a non-conference match against Westfield State.