BEVERLY, MA —The Williams College women;s volleyball team started out the season with two wins at the Endicott invitational.
The Ephs started the night with a match against Eastern University, ranked 16th in Division III in the pre-season by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Ephs got off to the right start winning the first set against Eastern 25-21, but lost set two 20-25, and then lost the third set 20-25.
Williams came back strong in the fourth set and won 25-21. The Ephs jumped out to an early lead in the fifth set and won 15-9, earning their first win of the season 3-2 and pinning the first losss of the year on Eastern (4-1).
First year, Tori Jasuta, lead the team in kills with 16 kills and senior Emily Doll was close behind with 13 kills. Jasuta also had 23 digs, while junior, Mandy Schott, contributed 18 digs. Sophomore, Ryan Farley, also had a great performance with 44 assists and 6 kills.
Kearby Benak lead Eastern's offense with 15 kills.
Williams (2-0) played host Endicott (1-3) in their second match of the night. The Ephs took the first game 25-22, with Claire Miller leading the offense in the first set with a .666 hitting percentage. Williams continued on to win the second set 25-21, and then closed out the match by winning the third game 25-20, earning the Ephs a 3-0 win.
Jasuta lead the the offense with 11 kills, while Doll had 9 kills and Miller had 7. Schott, Farley, and Doll tied for most digs with 11 each. Mackenzie Guerre lead Endicott's offense with 9 kills.
"This was a solid start for us with wins against two strong quality teams," said head coach Christi Kelsey. "I liked our consistency from point to point and set to set for both matches. Our team chemistry was probably our biggest strength and that's a testament to just how focused and connected this group has been from day one in pre-season."
The Ephs will face Plymouth State at 10:00 AM tomorrow and then square off against Roger Williams University at 2:00 PM on the second and final day of the Endicott Invitatoional.