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Volleyball Downed by Unbeaten Amherst in NESCAC Action

Grace McGee

AMHERST, Mass. – The Connecticut College volleyball team dropped a NESCAC road match to Amherst by a 3-0 decision at LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday evening. Set scores were 25-10, 25-15, and 25-17.

Freshman Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) started the game with a kill and sophomore Emma Hewlin (Los Gatos, Calif.) finished a pass from junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) to give the Camels a 6-5 edge, but the Mammoths responded and dominated the rest of the way. Amherst registered seven straight points to take control and dominated the remainder of the frame. Jamie Dailey finished off the set with a kill to give her team a 25-10 set win.

The second set also started off as a tight battle before Amherst started to pull away. Claire Dennis and Emily Kolsky teamed up for a block to break a 5-5 tie, and the Mammoths never trailed the rest of the way. Kolsky registered a kill to put her team ahead by a 19-10 score before Dennis and Dailey stuffed a Camel attack on set point.

In the third set, Sophie Launsbach registered four quick kills to give Amherst a 10-4 advantage. The Camels, however, rattled off four straight to come back and forced the Mammoths to take their first timeout on a kill by freshman Avery Light (Sudbury, Mass.). But despite nearly surrendering their lead, Amherst regrouped and ended the frame on a 15-9 run. A kill by Kolsky completed the sweep.

Amherst (10-0, NESCAC 3-0), which finished the match with an impressive .316 hitting percentage, was led by Kolsky's 18-kill effort. She also hit at a .484 clip, recorded two service aces and added seven digs. Cameron Hendricks hit at a blistering .500 by notching 10 kills and only one error on 18 swings. Dailey and Dennis finished with four blocks apiece, while Skyleur Savage contributed 18 digs.

The Camels got strong contributions from Light and McGee. Light provided six kills and recorded a .278 hitting percentage, which were both team highs, and McGee added eight assists along with six digs. Junior Dayna McCue (Franklin, Mass.) registered a team-leading seven digs in the setback.

Connecticut College (4-8, NESCAC 1-3) will look to stay in the race for a NESCAC postseason berth when it visits Trinity tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.