NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team dropped its first home NESCAC match of the season to Amherst by a 3-1 score at the Luce Field House on Friday evening. Set scores were 25-20, 21-25, 18-25 and 8-25.
The Camels had a strong opening set which they captured by a five-point margin to take an early lead. Despite facing an early 7-5 deficit, the hosts rattled off 10 straight points and embarked on a 13-1 run to seize control. Senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) finished a pass from sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) and then registered three aces while serving during the hot stretch. Freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) then smashed a kill on set point to give the Camels the advantage at the time.
Amherst, however, recovered and managed to take a close second set which featured 11 ties and three lead swings. The score was deadlocked at 18s after the Mammoth's Cameron Hicks committed an attacking error, but the Camels could not get over the hump for the remainder of the set. A service error on the ensuing play gave the visitors a one-point lead and the edge they needed to win the frame by a 25-21 margin.
The momentum Amherst gained at the end of the second set carried over to the third and fourth frames. With Marialexa Natsis serving, the visitors scored five straight points to build a 7-3 cushion and led by as many as eight before taking the third set by a 25-18 margin on a Camel attacking error. The Mammoths then hit at a .441 clip by committing only one error and limited the hosts to -0.54 hitting to easily take the final frame by a 25-8 score and come away with the win.
Amherst (10-3, NESCAC 2-1) was led by the attacking duo of Emily Kolsky and Hendricks. Kolsky finished the match with 14 kills and a .480 hitting percentage by committing just two errors on 25 swings, while Hendricks had a match-high 16 kills. Charlotte Duran registered a double-double with 46 assists and 10 digs.
Connecticut College (8-5, NESCAC 0-4) was paced by Hunter's double-double effort, as the senior finished with 15 kills and 14 digs to go along with three aces. McGee posted 33 assists and seven digs, while freshman Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) led the defensive effort with 19 digs.
The Camels will look to rebound when they next host Trinity tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m.