Kolsky, Launsbach Selected to NESCAC All-Conference Teams

Kolsky, Launsbach Selected to NESCAC All-Conference Teams

HADLEY, Mass. – For the second straight season, Amherst College will be represented by a pair of players on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Volleyball teams.

Senior outside hitter Emily Kolsky makes her second straight appearance as a First Team All-Conference selection, while middle blocker Sophie Launsbach '22 earns her first All-Conference nod as a Second Team selection.

The 2019 NESCAC women's volleyball teams are voted on by the coaches throughout the league.

Kolsky led the NESCAC in kills for the second year in a row, closing out the season with 306 total kills, a team-high 3.56 kills per set. It is the third year in a row that the native of Los Angeles, California has eclipsed the 300 kill plateau, and Kolsky reached 1,000 career kills in the October 26th match against Bowdoin.

Averaging 3.75 points per set, Kolsky was ninth in the country in scoring, while also ranking seventh in the nation in kills per set. Her 2.71 digs preset was among the top-25 players in the conference.

In an October 18th five-set match against Wellesley, Kolsky had a season-high 19 kills and 29 digs, on her way to a 20-time double-digit kill year. She finished the year with double-digit kills in five straight matches and double-doubles in her final four collegiate games.

Launsbach was on a scorching pace to lead the country in hitting percentage before an injury kept her out of the lineup for several weeks and made her ineligible for national recognition.

Her .419 hitting percentage was far and away the most prolific attacking rate in the NESCAC, and her 3.27 kills per set was third best in the league. Launsbach posted double-digit kills on nine occasions, including a season-best 18 kills in the NESCAC quarterfinals matchup against Middlebury.

Launsbach averaged nearly half a block per set and had a hitting percentage better than .500 in seven different games this year.

Amherst finished the year with a 19-6 record and made their 21st straight NESCAC tournament appearance. The Mammoths were 7-3 in the conference and started the year with an eight-game winning streak.