Amherst Beats Bears 3-1

Alex Kempf
Alex Kempf

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Emily Kolsky and sophomore Jamie Dailey each had 15 kills leading Amherst to a 3-1 win over Coast Guard in a non-conference game.

The Mammoths (18-4) won 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-11

Junior Charlotte Duran led Amherst with 42 assists while senior Hayes Honea had team-high nine digs in the win.

Junior Angelou Dunton, sophomore Bridget Boyle and freshman Amanda Dake each had 12 kills to lead the Bears. Sophomore Veronica Hine had a match-high 15 digs while Dake added 11. Junior Makenna Martin led the Bears with 42 assists to go with seven digs. Junior Alex Kempf had a career-high five blocks for Coast Guard.

In the opener, Amherst had an early 8-2 lead. The Bears would run off four straight and seven of nine points to make the score 16-15. The Mammoths would respond with by scoring five of the next six for a 20-16 lead. Coast Guard would again close the gap to one at 23-22 with four straight points before back-to-back errors gave Amherst a 25-22 win.

The Bears jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second, before Amherst pulled even at 10-10. Coast Guard held a slight 15-14 lead and scored seven of the next eight for a 22-15 advantage and won 25-20.

The third set was tied 16-16 before Amherst scored five straight and never looked back winning 25-22.

Amherst would use a 9-1 run in the fourth set to take control turning a 9-7 lead into an 18-8 edge en route to the 25-11 win.

The Bears (17-11) close out the regular season on Saturday at home against Wheaton at 1:00.