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Volleyball Hands Amherst its First NESCAC Loss, Defeats Mammoths in Four Sets

Photo Courtesy of Bre Cavanaugh '19
Photo Courtesy of Bre Cavanaugh '19

AMHERST, Mass. – After dropping its first set on Saturday, the 24th-ranked Wesleyan volleyball team rallied with three-straight victories to defeat Little Three rival Amherst on the road, handing the Mammoths their first NESCAC loss of the season. The Cardinals won by scores of 24-26, 25-10, 25-17, and 25-17.

Bella Ahearn led Wesleyan with a match-high 17 kills on a .441 attack clip as the Cardinals improved to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in league play. Cameron Hendricks totaled 14 kills and Emily Kolsky added 13 as the Mammoths fell to 14-2 and 5-1.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals scored the first three sets of the first set and led by as much as six down the stretch, 19-13. However, Amherst rallied and went on a 7-1 run to even the score at 20-20. After some back-and-forth action, the Mammoths closed out the frame with three-straight points to go-ahead 1-0 in the match.
  • Wesleyan responded nicely with a dominating performance in the second set. After an early 3-3 tie, a kill from Nicole Hilton put the visitors ahead, 4-3, and they never looked back as they outscored Amherst 22-7 the rest of the way.
  • The Cardinals' momentum carried over into the third as they opened with a 6-0 stretch and led the entire way. The Cardinals capped off the victory by scoring the final three points.
  • Trailing 6-5 in the fourth, Wesleyan responded with a 9-1 run to gain a sizeable lead and never looked back. A kill from Ahearn sealed the set and the match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Four players recorded double-digit kills for Wesleyan as Ahearn was joined by Hilton (13), Stasie Litinsky (11), and Gabby Bennett (10). Kaira Muraoka-Robertson dished out 43 assists and totaled 15 digs, while Phia Bellizzi led the defense with 26 digs. Bennett and Hilton recorded four blocks each.
  • Jacqueline Kortekaas registered 22 assists and 13 digs, while Charlotte Duran totaled 14 assists and 11 digs. Kolsky led the Mammoths with 18 digs followed by Kortekaas with 13 and Pearl Acord with 12. Hendricks and Claire Dennis each recorded three blocks.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action on Thursday, Oct. 17 and will host Trinity at 7 p.m.