Volleyball Posts Three Dominant Victories to Push Win Streak to Six
Issue   |   Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:34
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Sophomore Cameron Hendricks has been a force for the Mammoths in her first season with the team, leading the team in kills, 132, and kills per set, 3.07.

The Amherst women’s volleyball team extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-0 week. During the streak, the Firedogs have lost only two sets and have swept their three most recent opponents, Trinity, Husson University and Colby-Sawyer College. Amherst’s record now stands at 9-3 overall (1-1 NESCAC).

Against Trinity, the Firedogs’ dominance helped them seal their first conference win this season.

Behind sophomore spiking duo Emily Kolsky ’20 and Cameron Hendricks ’20, who each had 11 kills, and defensive specialist Hayes Honea ’19, who contributed on both sides of the ball with 15 digs and two service aces, Amherst shut down Trinity in straight sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-15). The Firedogs’ close loss to Middlebury fueled their dominance against Trinity and throughout their winning streak.

Although the Bantams managed to keep pace with Amherst for the first few points, Amherst quickly pulled away, keyed by a 8-0 run on sophomore Charlotte Duran’s service game.

“Coming off a tough, close loss to [Middlebury], we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could dominate the next few games,” Honea said. “It was important to take care of business quickly … and we are optimistic about the remainder of the season.”

The Mammoths’ next two games of the week, against Husson and Colby-Sawyer, occurred during tri-match action on Saturday at Colby-Sawyer’s Coffin Field House.

In both games, Amherst put on dominating displays, outscoring their opponents 150-60.

In the first match of the day, Amherst’s balanced play, which included excellent defense and strong offense, led to a straight set (25-4, 25-6, 25-16) victory over Husson.

Husson could not find a way to cope with the Firedogs’ overwhelming attack, led by Hendricks with 13 kills, Kolsky with 10 kills, Claire Dennis ’20 with seven kills and Honea with three service aces.

Adelaide Shunk ’20 and Duran also put in great shifts, logging 17 and 12 assists, respectively.

Amherst continued their dominance into their second game of the day, this time sweeping Colby-Sawyer (25-11, 25-21, 25-10).

Like Husson, Colby-Sawyer could not find a way to contain Amherst’s balanced and powerful attack, and they surrendered kills to six different Firedogs, including 13 from Hendricks to lead the team.

Kolsky continued her dominance from the previous game, hitting five service aces. On the defensive side, Marialexa Natsis ’18 and Asha Walker ’18 stymied Husson’s attack with 11 digs each.

“This last week we spent a lot of energy and time focusing on translating our competiveness from practice into games and not letting other teams dictate our pace or effort,” Shunk said. “It’s all starting to come together, and I’m really excited to see where we can go from here.”

Amherst now turns its attention to conference foes Conn. College (7-4) and Wesleyan (9-1).

The Firedogs hope to continue their dominating form and extend their win streak past six games.