AMHERST, Mass. – The Connecticut College volleyball team fell to Amherst, 3-0, on Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-18, 25-19, and 25-20.
The beginning of the set was nip-and-tuck and featured six ties between the teams until the Mammoths' Alex Rone broke a 7-all tie. Even though the Camels came within a point on two occasions, which included an Amherst ball handling error which made it 13-2, the hosts were able to respond with seven unanswered to earn breathing room. Jamie Dailey had three kills during the team's 12-6 run to close out the set and provided the final point by finishing a pass from Jacqueline Kortekaas.
After another competitive start in the second set, the Camels broke loose and scored four points on five rallies that forced the Mammoths to take a timeout when junior Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) recorded a service ace. But after the visitors extended their lead to 12-6 on back-to-back kills from junior Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Katie Gunderman (Oakland, Calif.), Amherst stormed back and ended the frame on an unprecedented 19-7 run. Emily Kolsky had eight kills in the set, allowing the Mammoths to remain in control.
For the third straight set, the teams played each other evenly until a kill by Dailey broke a 5-5 tie and ignited a 10-0 run for the Mammoths. Connecticut College, however, battled back and slashed the margin down to three at 23-20 with Howley continuing to lead the charge. Unfortunately, the visitors could not get over the hump, and the Mammoths were able to win it on a smash by Kolsky.
Amherst (14-1, NESCAC 5-0) was led by Kolsky, who finished with a double-double herself by providing 15 kills and 11 digs while hitting at a .500 clip. Claire Dennis and Rone added four blocks apiece, while Charlotte Duran and Kortekaas both notched 16 assists. Dailey had a solid all-around performance with 14 kills, six digs, and three blocks.
Howley registered her fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs to pace Connecticut College. Both marks were team highs. Freshmen Christina LeDuc (Mendon, Mass.) and Gunderman teamed up for three blocks, and Kass added 13 digs to go along with two aces.
Connecticut College (6-9, NESCAC 0-6) will look to post its first conference win of the season when it visits Middlebury tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.