Ephs Lose to Columbia 9-0

Sarah Willwerth '21
Sarah Willwerth '21

New York City, NY – The Ephs (3-2) played their last match of the 2019 year today against the Columbia Lions on their home courts in Manhattan and were defeated 9-0. 

Starting on court today was Melissa Swann (#3), Wright (#6), and Pear (#7). Swann started off strong with an ace against her opponent, but unfortunately, she couldn't find her rhythm and fell in three. Wright was successful with her lobs today and Pear with her lengths, but both their opponents got the upper hand early and won 3-0. 

On court second was Haley Jefferson (#2), Anna Nicholson (#5), and Mira Kamat (#8). All three lady Ephs had a close match, including Nicholson winning a game off her opponent. Kamat started strong in the first game as she was up 5-0, but her opponent was able to come back and win in a close straight three. Jefferson almost clinched the first game off her opponent but lost 10-12 and the next two games.  

Last up was Sarah Willwerth (#3), Quan Ng (#4), and Isabel Kelly (#7). Both Willwerth and Ng played phenomenal with both lady Ephs winning the first game off their opponents. Willwerth continued to fight hard, except the Columbia top seed was not giving up and eventually took the match 3-1. Ng's nicks and kills weren't enough either as she also fell in four. On the bottom court, Kelly played some long points and volleyed well, but her opponent was able to clinch the match in straight games.  

Eliza Bower (#10) and Nikita Srivastava (#11) also put up good fights in their exhibition matches today. Bower was volleying well but fell to her opponent 3-0. However, our lone win on the women's side today was Srivastava beating her opponent 3-1!

Coach Tom Hodgson said: "I thought are effort was good; we were competitive. We played well in patches, but we couldn't consistently establish our presence on the T. I look forward to seeing our progress in consistently establishing good length and learning how to keep the high T and to use that position to attack. I am beginning to see people using a variety on serves to get an edge at the beginning of points, which can only help us as the season goes on."

For now, the Ephs will be taking some time off to train and study and will be back in action on January 4thand 5thfor their first home games against Dartmouth and Middlebury!

  

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Williams

Columbia

Score

Winner

1

Sarah Willwerth

Habiba Mohamed

11-8, 7-11, 1-11, 8-11

Columbia

2

Haley Jefferson

Nicole Kendall

10-12, 8-11, 2-11

Columbia

3

Melissa Swann

Erica McGillicuddy

4-11, 4-11, 5-11

Columbia

4

Quan Ng

Jui Kulgutkar

11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 5-11

Columbia

5

Anna Nicholson

Ellie McVeigh

11-6, 3-11, 5-11, 7-11

Columbia

6

Kathryn Wright

Cynthia Cao

3-11, 8-11, 5-11

Columbia

7

Alex Pear

Jane Pincus

2-11, 4-11, 4-11

Columbia

8

Mira Kamat

Doria Chen

9-11, 8-11, 7-11

Columbia

9

Isabel Kelly

Julia Masch

6-11, 9-11, 6-11

Columbia

10

Eliza Bower

Pranjali Sharma

3-11, 4-11, 5-11

Columbia

11

Nikita Srivastava

Tara Dugel

7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7

Williams