Score: Clark University 3, Amherst College 1
Records: Clark University (12-8), Amherst College (11-7)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
The Lead: The Clark University women's volleyball team took a 3-1 victory over non-conference foe Amherst College on Wednesday evening. The Cougars took a 2-0 lead before the Mammoths hopped on the board taking set three to force a fourth set. A strong offensive performance from Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) that included a game high 26 kills lifted Clark to victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set One: Clark 25, Amherst 17
-Amherst got on the board first with a kill from sophomore Claire Dennis (Palo Alto, Calif.) but the Cougars responded with two points of their own including a kill from Ramos to give the home team the 2-1 lead.
-The visitors took their last lead of the set following a kill from Marialexa Natsis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and a block from Natsis and Charlotte Duran (Newport Beach, Calif.) (3-2).
-Clark regained the lead with a kill from Ramos and a block from Kendra Campbell (North Kingstown, R.I.) (4-3). The Cougars held onto this lead for the remainder of the set.
-The Mammoths came close to tying the set as a service ace from senior Asha Walker (Los Angeles, Calif.) brought the visitors within one point, 10-9.
-Two 3-0 rallies highlighted by kills from Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.), Ramos, and Campbell gave the Cougars a comfortable 16-10 advantage.
-A block from Campbell and Ramos earned Clark the set point (25-17) for the 1-0 lead on the night.
Set Two: Clark 25- Amherst 21
-In a hard fought set two battle the Cougars jumped on the board first, but it was Amherst who went on a quick 3-0 rally including two kills from Natsis and a kill from sophomore Cameron Hendricks (Glastonberry, Conn.) to take a 4-2 lead.
-The Cougars responded with a 4-0 run of their own taking a 6-4 edge after Campbell slammed home an ace. The visitors did not give up the fight easily and quickly regained the lead with a 4-0 run to take a two point lead (8-6).
-The two teams traded points back and forth and a kill from Dennis tied the game at 22-22 late in the set. Back to back kills from Ramos and senior Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.) gave the Cougars the final 25-21 victory.
Set Three: Amherst 25- Clark 12
-The Mammoth's dominated in set three of the night. They took an early 5-0 lead following a pair of kills from Hendricks and a kill from Walker.
-A 3-0 rally and a 6-0 rally gave Amherst a commanding 18-8 lead and they were able to close out the set on a 4-0 run that included an ace from Natsis, a kill from Dennis and a kill from sophomore Emily Kolsky (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).
-Clark was led by Mercado who posted three kills and a service ace in the third set.
Set Four: Clark 25, Amherst 20
-A strong start for the Mammoth's who opened up with an early seven point (10-3) lead, led the crowd to believe the game would see a fifth set.
-The Cougars never let up and came crawling back to take their first lead of the set, 16-15, following a 5-0 rally that included game changing kills from Mercado, Jimenez-Maldonado and Ramos.
-Another 5-0 run led by a strong Cougar defense extended the home team's lead to 21-16. Mercado notched two more kills and a block assists in the run while Legare was credited with two block assists and Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) was credited with one.
-The Mammoth's continued to fight back but the Cougars ultimately took the final 25-20 win in set four and the 3-1 match victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Ramos led all players with 26 kills on the night while Mercado followed her lead with 20 kills of her own. Torino led all players with 52 total assists for the Cougars while junior Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) boasts a game high 34 digs.
-The Cougars racked up a team hitting percentage of .223.
-Kolsky lead the Mammoths with 18 kills on the night while her teammate Natsis followed with 14 kills. Durran totaled 43 assists in the loss while junior Hayes Honea (Redondo Beach, Calif.) chipped in with a team high 20 digs.
-As a team Amherst recorded a .209 hitting percentage.
-Clark travels to Johnson & Wales (R.I) on Friday, October, 13th for a 5:30 p.m. match.
-Amherst also hits the road on Friday travelling to Hamilton College for a NESCAC match at 7:00 p.m.