WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Tonight Williams College (13-1) volleyball defeated Union College (11-4) by a score of 3-0.
The win was the 10th in a row for the Ephs who moved into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 national poll for the first time this season. The Ephs, one of only two New England teams in the top 25 along with Roger Williams University (22), are tied with Cornell College of Iowa.
Williams started strong in the first set with Claire Miller making the first kill. Williams went on a short streak at the beginning of the game with kills by Tori Jasuta and Raea Rassmussen. Union then caught up to tie the set at 5-5. Williams battled back and forth with Union with kills by Emily Doll and Katherine Lane. At 11-10 Ryan Farley started serving and went on a streak of 12 serves to eventually bring to score to 21-10. The set was ended at 25-11 Williams.
In the second set Williams had another quick start with kills by Miller and an ace by Emily O'Day. Williams gained a lead by six points, but Union fought back to tie the game at 9-9. Williams and Union battled a little longer until the Ephs pulled ahead to 18-13. Williams went on a run of points with kills by Doll, Jasuta, Rassmussen, Miller, and Lane to end the set 25-19.
Williams had a slightly slower start in the third set, and found themselves down 4-2. Jasuta helped the team regain the lead and bring the score to 10-7. Williams then gained a few more points with a block by Lane, kills by Miller and Doll, and an ace by Farley. Williams had a solid lead of 20-16, but Union fought back narrowing the score to 23-21. Another kill by Rassmussen, and a final kill by Doll ended the game at 25-22 Williams.
Jasuta lead the team in kills with 14. Doll and Miller both contributed 9. Jasuta had 19 digs, and Mandy Schott had 16. Farley had 37 assists.
The Ephs will play Tufts at home on Friday, October 4th at 7 pm.