Parkhurst '21 posts double-double in volleyball loss at Amherst

Emma Parkhurst '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Emma Parkhurst '21 (Josh McKee photo)

The Amherst College Mammoths posted a three-set sweep against the Hamilton College Continentals in a NESCAC match played at Amherst's LeFrak Gymnasium on Friday night.

The Mammoths (13-3, 5-2 NESCAC) won by set scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-22. Hamilton (5-9, 1-7) moves on to play Trinity College in another conference road match on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. and then take on Lesley University in a non-conference contest at 1 p.m.

Emma Parkhurst '21 was all over the court for the Continentals with six kills, 11 assists, 10 digs and two blocks. Dorothy Poucher '21 chipped in six kills, two aces and two blocks.

Hamilton's Nikki Matsuoka '21 led all players with 25 digs and Kayla Self '21 contributed 14. Matsuoka leads the NESCAC with 5.59 digs per set. Meghan Wilkinson '19 passed out 13 assists and Giuliana Rankin '20, who recorded her 500th career kill against Colby College last Saturday, helped lead the defense at the net with two blocks.

Emily Kolsky led Amherst with eight kills and 16 digs. Charlotte Duran was credited with 26 assists and Jamie Dailey helped lead the defense with 13 digs. The Mammoths finished with just 12 attack errors and three service errors.

In the first set Amherst broke away from a 3-3 tie with five straight points and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way. After the Continentals scored the first point of the second set, the Mammoths ran off eight in a row and Hamilton didn't get closer than six points the rest of the set.

The third set was much more competitive. Neither team led by more than four points until Amherst registered four straight for an 18-13 cushion. The Continentals eventually trailed 22-14 but didn't give up, and a kill by Jane Fanning '22 pulled them within two at 24-22. The rally and the match ended with an error on the next serve.