NEW PALTZ, NY—The Williams College volleyball team (15-2) saw its 12-match win streak snapped with a 3-2 loss at New Paltz State (17-5).
In the first set, Williams gained a quick lead on New Paltz. Williams were up to 9-6 when New Paltz fought their way back in to tie the game at 9-9. Williams quickly regained their lead again, only to have the game tied up again at 20-20. New Paltz then made a run to win the set 25-21.
Williams came back strong in the second set to gain an early lead and maintain that lead through the second set. The Ephs won 25-19.
In the third set, the Ephs had an early lead again only to have the game tied up at 6-6. At this point New Paltz overtook the Ephs, and held the lead until closing out the set at 25-23.
Set four was a back and forth battle between the two teams. New Paltz was up 24-23 but Williams came back to win the set 26-24.
In the fifth set, New Paltz gained an early lead that Williams could not overcome. New Paltz ultimately won the fifth set 15-7.
Alex Bizub was New Paltz's kill leader with 13 kills, and Carrie Hack was the dig leader with 27 digs.
"New Paltz is a strong team and I give them a lot of credit for making some great plays at the right time," coach Christi Kelsey said, "We battled at times but were a bit inconsistent overall for the night. Our team is tough and we will regroup and hopefully bounce back for our next NESCAC weekend ahead."
The Ephs are now ranked 23rd nationally, having moved ahead of Roger Williams University (24th), in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. Williams and Roger Williams are the only two New England teams ranked.Calvin (MI) at 18-0 is the top ranked team in DIII.
Tori Jasuta is ranked 21st in all of NCAA Division 3 for kills per set (4.05), while Raea Rassmussen remains number 1 in Division 3 for hitting percentage (.452). Ryan Farley moved from number 14 to number 10 in Division 3 for assists per set (10.71).