WILLIAMSTOWN, MA.-- Volleyball opened up at home this evening against the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont College. Despite taking a close first set 25-23, the Ephs were unable to capitalize in the subsequent sets as Southern Vermont cruised to a 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22). The win, a historic one for SVC, moves the Mountaineers to 15-2 on the season while the Ephs drop to 4-4.
The Ephs were able to dig deep to come from behind in set one, although struggled in the opening stretches of the second set. Williams shined at times in different aspects of the game, but failed to put everything together in a successful manner.
Defensively the Ephs recorded a season high ten total blocks. Sophomore Emily Doll led the way with 4 blocks, while classmate Emily Baratta and first year Raea Rasmussen had a further three apiece. Senior libero Aly McKinnon had 13 digs, while first year Claire Miller had 6.Williams continued to make uncharacteristic errors after dropping the second set 25-17. Missed serves and serve receive errors dogged the Ephs the entire match. SVC meanwhile, protected the ball when they had it and played consistent, unselfish volleyball while minimizing their own errors. SVC would take the third set 25-15.
In the fourth and final set the Ephs began to find some momentum, as down 17-11 and with their backs up against the wall a pair of back to back blocks helped spark a late rally. Steadily digging themselves out of the hole, it would end up being too little too late as SVC squeaked ahead at the end of the set to take the set 25-22 and with it the match.
Williams will next travel to MIT over the weekend to compete in the MIT Invitational, consistently one of the top annual regional tournaments. The Ephs have been paired with Regis College and Springfield College in opening pool play on Friday, and the results of those two matches will determine their opponents for Saturday's games.