WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Tonight the Williams Ephs (12-1 Overall; 3-0 NESCAC) went up against the Lord Jeffs of Amherst (8-5 Overall; 1-2 NESCAC).
Williams had a slow start in the first set and found themselves down 6-0. The team fought their way back though, and with Emily Doll serving 4 consecutive points, Williams tied the game up at 10-10. After kills by Katherine Lane, Claire Miller, and and two consecutive aces by Katherine Lane, Williams finally found their first lead at 15-14. From there Williams went on a run of points with kills by Raea Rassmussen, and Emily Doll. Williams kept a secure lead all the way to the end of the set with Katherine Lane and Tori Jasuta finding kills in the last two points to end the set at 25-20.
In the second set Williams jumped out on a quick lead with blocks from Raea Rassmussen, and an ace by Emily O'day. Williams kept a secure lead until the game was eventually tied up at 8. Ryan Farley then scored two kills in a row to give the Ephs the lead. The Ephs continued their run with a kill from Raea Rassmussen in the middle. Emily O'day aced the serve for game point. The set ended at 25-16, Williams.
In the third set Williams had a slow start. The Ephs found themselves down 21-12 when they went on a run of points with kills from Doll and Jasuta, blocks from Rassmussen, digs by Catie Benell and an assist by Fumni Adejobi. The set was ultimately ended at 25-16 with Amherst claiming the win.
Williams came back strong in the fourth set, but Amherst wasn't ready to give up. The two teams fought back and forth. Williams found themselves up 20-18 when they went on a run to close the game with kills from Ryan Farley, and Claire Miller, and blocks from Katherine Lane and Emily Doll. Tori Jasuta closed the match with a cut shot to the back corner that Amherst's libero could not reach. The fourth set ended at 25-23 Williams.
Tori Jasuta lead the team with 18 kills. Mandy Schott had a fantastic performance of 21 digs. Katherine Lane and Raea Rassmussen both had 2 solo blocks. Ryan Farley had 37 assists.
Maggie Danner lead Amherst's offense with 13 kills, and Katie Warshaw had 19 digs.
"It's always good to get another NESCAC win," Eph coach Christi Kelsey said, "I think we had some challenges tonight but did a good job to work through them and get a victory."