Ephs Face Another Day of Tough Competition at Hall of Fame

Ephs Face Another Day of Tough Competition at Hall of Fame

SOUTH HADLEY, MA—Today the Ephs (20-4) went up against two more NEWMAC teams at Smith's Hall of Fame Tournament.

First, The Ephs fell to MIT (19-10) 3-2. MIT took the first set 25-19, while Williams came back to take the second set 25-16. Williams followed up to win the third set 25- 15, but dropped the fourth game 25-22, and then narrowly lost the fifth game 15-12.

Tori Jasuta and Emily Doll each had 13 kills, while Caitie Benell and Jasuta each had 11 digs, and Ryan Farley had 39 assists.

Megan Gebhard lead MIT's offense with 21 kills, and Tori Wuthrich had 18 digs.

In the evening, Williams bounced back to defeat Wellesley (25-4) 3-0. Williams quickly defeated Wellesely in three set 25-13, 25-16, and 25-16.

Jasuta lead the offense and defense with 10 kills and 10 digs, while Ryan Farley had 25 assists.

For Wellesley, Sydney Carfagno and Caitie Laughlin lead the offense with 8 kills, and Traci Hamanaka lead the defense with 10 digs.

"Today was certainly an up and down day for our team. The MIT match was tough one as we made a lot of mistakes and couldn't quite find our rhythm throughout the match," said coach Christi Kelsey, "The opposite was true against Wellesley. I think our team really took it to heart losing two matches this weekend and wanted to come out with a win against one of the top teams in our region."

With their win over Wellesly the Ephs notched their first 20-win season since 2009 when they finished at 23-9, winning a third consecutive NESCAC title and advancing to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Tufts, 3-0. The 2009 Eph team beat Tufts at Tufts 3-0 to claim the NESCAC title.

Emily Doll received all-tournament honors today.

Tori Jasuta moved to number 20 in the NCAA Division 3 rankings for kills per set (4.01), while Raea Rasmussen remains number 1 in Division 3 for hitting percentage (.446). Ryan Farley is ranked 14th in Division 3 for assists per set (10.47).

On Friday, November 1, Williams will travel to Trinity for an 8 pm match.

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