-Score: Amherst College 3, Clark University 0
-Records: Clark (12-11), Amherst (15-3)
-Location: Amherst, Mass. (LeFrak Gymnasium)
-The Lead: The Clark University volleyball team suffered a non-conference setback to the Mammoths of Amherst College on the road on Wednesday evening. The Mammoths took the victory in three sets, 25-13, 25-8 and 25-16.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-In the opening set, a kill by Amherst's Claire Dennis (Palo Alto, Calif.) sparked a 7-1 run as Amherst opened up a 17-8 lead. Junior Emily Kolsky (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) put down a kill from her classmate Charlotte Duran (Newport Beach, Calif.), who had 45 assists, to close out the first set.
-A kill by Clark senior Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) was the only point in the midst of a 12-1 run for the Mammoths as they raced out to a 15-3 lead in the second game, capping the run with kills by Jamie Dailey (Newport Coast, Calif.) and Sophie Launsbach (Los Angeles, Calif.).
-Junior Corina Picon (Irvington, N.Y.) ended the spurt with one of her seven kills for Clark, but Amherst was in control, closing out the set with a Dailey kill and then back to back kills from Cameron Hendricks (Glastonbury, Conn.).
-Despite another opening set run, Clark was within a point at 15-14 in the third set before Amherst closed the match on a 7-1 streak, and Kolsky had three kills in the final six points, including the game-winner.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Mercado led the Cougars with nine kills which Picon followed up with seven kills. First years Lily Meadows (Bradenton, Fla.) and Mackenzie Hanna (Lamoine, Maine) each posted six digs. Senior Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) assisted on 18 out of Clark's 23 kills on the night.
-Kolsky led Amherst with 15 kills and no hitting errors. Launsbach was also in double-digits with ten kills and Dennis added seven kills. Each had two block assists, while Duran assisted on three blocks as well. Defensively, Candace Chung (Honolulu, Hawaii) had a team-high ten digs to go with two service aces and Skyleur Savage (San Jose, Calif.) was good for seven digs and three aces.
-Clark travels to Roger Williams on Saturday, October 20th to take on the Hawks in non-conference action at 11:00 a.m.
-Amherst returns to action on Friday night, October 19th, when they host Wellesley at 7:00 p.m.