Volleyball Sweeps on Senior Day

Amherst volleyball got back on track this week, with a 3-0 sweep of Emerson on Senior Day giving the team momentum heading into their final two regular season games.

Volleyball Sweeps on Senior Day
Outside hitter Caroline Tilton ‘23 spikes the ball against Emerson College. Photo courtesy of Clarus Studios.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Amherst volleyball team celebrated their four seniors in style, blowing out non-conference foe Emerson 3-0 in a matchup that was never really all that close.

The Mammoths came out firing from the opening set, taking the first two frames by identical 25-14 scorelines. In both sets, the team jumped out to early leads, with an 8-1 margin in the first and a 6-1 gap in the second, with runs of 8-2 and 5-0 respectively icing the sets only a few points later. Lizzie Papalia ’25 had the hot hand in these two sets, with the Mammoths taking 11 total points on her serve through the two sets. However, with their backs against the wall and trailing 2-0, the Lions fought back. They held a narrow lead for most of the set until Charlotte Rasmussen ’26 and Kinsey Croinin ’25 teamed up for a combined-block to tie the score at 19-19. From there, both sides continued their back-and-forth play, but with the score tied at 22, the Firedogs took over. Kills from Rasmussen and Anaya Thomas ’25 gave them the lead, and a Lions attack error gave the Mammoths the set, 25-22, and the 3-0 sweep.

The Mammoths will go on the road for two NESCAC contests this coming weekend, taking on Bates on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and Colby on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., to finish the regular season.