WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Today the Williams College Ephs (11-1 Overall, 2-0 NESCAC) went up against the Bowdoin Polar Bears (8-4 overall, 1-1 NESCAC), and Western New England (10-3).
In the first set against Bowdoin, the Ephs and the Polar Bears battled back and forth for a while, until the Polar Bears pulled ahead at 11-9. Trailimg 14-9 Williams called a time out. After the time out Williams surrendered a few more points and Bowdoin led 17-10.
The Ephs then went on a five-point run down 17-15, when Bowdoin decided to call a time out. Williams came right out from the time out to win another point when Ryan Farley earned herself a kill. Williams then tied up the game 18-18. Williams and Bowdoin battled at the end of the game until the game was closed at 31-29 Bowdoin.
Williams came out strong in the second set with a block by Raea Rasmussen and Emily Doll for the first point. Williams and Bowdoin battled back and forth in the first third of the game until Williams pulled away to 16-13. Bowdoin then made a run of points to tie the game up to 16-16. The two teams played consistently until Williams pulled away to 22-20, and Bowdoin called a timeout. The two teams then battled it out at the end until Williams closed it out 30-28.
In the third set Williams stumbled and lBowdoin went up 6-1, it was then that Williams called a time out. Bowdoin then continued their streak until they ultimately wrapped the game at 25-13.
Williams came back with a vengeance in the fourth set to go on an unstoppable run that would ultimately end the game at 25-14.
Williams got a strong lead on Bowdoin from the start of the fifth set but Bowdoin made a run to come back to tie the game at 6-6. Williams then pulled ahead to make the score 8-6. At a critical point in the game, Ryan Farley set the ball over throwing the Bowdoin defense off and bringing the score to 10-8. Williams then won five of the next six points for the 15-9 win.
Tori Jasuta had 23 kills against to lead the Wphs, while Emily Doll had 15. Tori Jasuta also had 18 digs, and Mandy Schott contributed 15. Ryan Farley had a total of 54 assists against Bowdoin.
Emese Gaal lead Bowdoin's offense and defense with 13 kills, and 17 digs. Quincy Leech had 49 assists.
"I really thought this was a team effort overall," said Eph head coach Christi Kelsey, "I was proud of our team's toughness to pull out the fourth set and stay confident to win the fifth."
In the second match of the day against Western New England, Williams came out strong. At 9-7 WNE called a time out. Williams kept the momentum after the timeout and pushed to finish the first game at 25-17.
In the second set Williams came out strong again and went on a run until the game was 9-1 in their favor. After losing just one point, the Ephs turned right around and continued their run to make the score 14-2. The Ephs played consistently to end the set at 25-12, and then prevailed in the third set 25-19.
Again Tori Jasutaled the way with 14 kills, and 14 digs, while Ryan Farley notched 34 assists.
Kelsey Armstrong had 4 kills for WNE, while Grace Kucharski contributed 18 digs.
Next the Williams Ephs will play Amherst on September 26 at home at 7:30 pm.