AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College volleyball team earned their sixth straight win and their fourth straight shutout with a 3-0 victory over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnaisum.
Amherst is now 14-1 on the year and 5-0 in NESCAC play, in addition to being 7-0 on their home court. They will put all of those marks back on the line tomorrow when they host Wesleyan at 1:00 PM in LeFrak.
Emily Kolsky '20 led all players with 15 kills and a .500 hitting percentage as the Mammoths attacked at better than a .300 clip for the match.
The squads were tied at 12 in the opening set before Amherst, behind two straight kills from Jamie Dailey '21 and another from Kolsky, ripped off a 6-0 run to take control.
It was the Camels who seemed in position to take the second set, leading 12-6 thanks to the play of Katie Howley, who had seven of her team-high 14 kills in the second set. Howley and Eliza Wolcott, plus a service ace from Elle Kass, helped the Camels opened up the six-point advantage.
Amherst came climbing back, tying the match at 16 on a kill by Dailey, one of 14 in the match, and then jumping out to a 20-16 lead with a service ace by Candace Chung '20.
Three kills by Kolsky, combined with a pair of attacking errors by the Camels closed out the second set for the Mammoths.
The third set turned on a 10-0 run by Amherst, served by senior Charlotte Duran, who piled up 16 assists to go with a service ace and a kill. First year Jacqueline Kortekaas also had 16 assists for Amherst, while Skyleur Savage '22 had eight helpers to go with a team-high 13 digs.
Kolsky made it a double-double with 11 digs, while Alex Rone '22 led the team with four blocks. Rone and Claire Dennis '20 each had four kills and combined made just one error on 17 total swings. Senior Cam Hendricks had six kills of her own in the win.
Wolcott added nine kills for the Camels, while Howley had a double-double herself with a team-high 16 digs. Grace McGee set up 23 points in a losing effort.
Conn. College falls to 6-9 (0-6 NESCAC) and will continue their road weekend with a trip to Middlebury for a 2:00 PM match tomorrow afternoon.