WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— Top seeded Williams (25-4) played second seeded Bowdoin (23-7) for the NESCAC championship. Ultimately, the Ephs won in three sets. The scores of the sets were 25-16, 25-15, and 25-19.
The Ephs came out strong n the first set, jumping out to an early lead, with strong play by Mandy Schott, and Ryan Farley. Tori Jasuta and Emily Doll led the offense to propel the Ephs to finish the first set off 25- 16.
The second set started as a close battle, with the Ephs keeping a one to two point lead. Willams eventually widened their lead to four points with strong offensive play by freshman, Tori Jasuta, and service aces from Mandy Schott. Williams ended up winning the game at 25-15
Williams had a slower start in the third set, and found themselves down 9-7, but blocks from Claire Miller and outstanding defensive work from Emily O'Day helped tie the match at 9. An ace from Tori Jasuta and kills from Ryan Farley helped widen the lead until Tori Jasuta finished the match with a block. Williams closed the third set at 25-19.
Tori Jasuta led Williams with 20 kills and also had 13 digs. Ryan Farley recorded 40 assists.
Christy Jewett delivered 9 kills for Bowdoin and Mckenzie Kessel and Taylor Vail each had 7 digs for the Polar Bears, while Quincy Leech notched 10 assists.
"Words can't express how proud I am of this group,"said coach Christi Kelsey, "We put together a tremendous weekend of volleyball, but this weekend is really a reflection of the past 10 weeks. This group has been so focused on the process and getting better every day. More importantly they have completely invested in each other and really lifted our team chemistry to a new level.We are excited for the opportunity to continue into the NCAA tournament and look forward to playing more volleyball together."
In 13 matches vs. NESCAC teams this season Williams dropped just four sets.
The Ephs won their first NESCAC title since 2009 and it is the second under Christi Kelsey, giving the Ephs a conference-best 10th title overall.
The winner of the NESCAC Tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Runner-up Bowdoin will have to wait and see if they are extended an At-Large Bid to the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament Field will be announced on www.ncaa.com at 11:00 AM tomorrow.