Ephs Top Union 3-1 for 7th Win in A Row

Ryan Farley '16 sets for Raea Rasmussen '15
Ryan Farley '16 sets for Raea Rasmussen '15

SCHENECTADY, NY -- The Williams College women's volleyball team (11-1) won its seventh straight match, bouncing back from a first set loss to down host Union College (12-4) 3-1.Union claimed the first set 25-19, but the Ephs re-grouped quickly to take the next three 25-17, 25-22 and 25-13.

After starting the first set neck-and-neck, the Dutchwomen took an early lead, 7-6 over the Ephs. Unable to overcome the point deficit, Williams couldn't reclaim the lead, and lost the first set, 19-25.

 Williams came back with a vengeance in the start of the second set, grabbing an early lead 10-4 over Union. Although the Dutchwomen managed some multi-point streaks later in the set, the Ephs hastily claimed victory, 25-17.

Union fought back in the third set, and both teams battled point-by-point for the lead. The point deficit never reached more than two until Williams' game point, 24-21. After another exchange of points, Williams claimed the third set, 25-22.

The Ephs came back in the final set and grabbed an early lead, pushing their point streaks until they held an 18-5 lead over the Dutchwomen. A lull in the Eph attack allowed Union to shrink the point deficit to single digits, at 21-12. That was as close as Union could manage, however, and the final three points were won by kills from Claire Miller, Raea Rasmussen, and Anna Spellman, to win the Ephs the final set, 25-13. 

The Ephs used a balanced attack playing without standout sophpmore outside hitter Tori Jasuta. Four Ephs recorded double figures in kills on the night with Katherine Lane posting a team-high 13. Raea Rasmussen registered a dozen kills while Claire Miller and Anna Spellman each notched 10. Lane also led the Eph defense at the net delivering three blocks.

Eph junior setter Ryan Farley had an impressive evening dishing out 42 assists and three service aces. 

Amanda Schoot led the Ephs with 14 digs and Catie Bennell was right behind her with 13.

The Dutchwomen were led in kills by Rajpreet Dhaliwal who had 13. Dhaliwal was the lone Union player to reach double figures in kills in the match.

Union's top playmaker on the night was Amanda Price who contributed 21 assists, while Kat Moeller had a team-high 14 digs.

The Ephs will next be in action Friday and Saturday when they host Hamilton at 8:00 PM in Chandler Gym Friday and then take on Middlebury at 2:00 PM on Saturday in NESCAC matches. The Ephs will also play Potsdam State at 4:00 PM on Saturday in a non-conference contest.

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