Williams Downs New Paltz State in Three Sets

Raea Rasmussen '15
Raea Rasmussen '15

Williamstown, MA— Williams volleyball (15-1, 5-0 NESCAC) took on New Paltz State (17-4) this evening, defeating the hawks in three sets and increasing their win streak to 11. The set scores were 25-13, 25-19, and 25-19.

The Ephs started slow in the beginning of the first set, trailing 3-6 before Claire Miller smashed the floor from the outside. Despite a big block from Catherine Egan, the Hawks fired back with a kill. Tori Jasuta hit a hard cross to tie the score at 7-7, and Ryan Farley used her classic setter dump to give the Ephs their first lead. Two service aces by Amanda Schott followed by a hawk error pushed the Eph lead to 13-9, followed by a New Paltz time-out. Williams dominated the net, putting down most of the Hawks' attacks, and a service ace by Miller forced New Paltz to call another time-out. Coming out of time-out, the Ephs went on a nine point run thanks to laser serves from Miller and dome blocks at the front row. Egan crushed center court to put the Ephs at set point, and a final tip again by Egan gave Williams the first set, 25-13.

Williams continued to put down any ball the Hawks attempted to throw over, and started the second set 5-0. After setter Ryan Farley went down at the net, Funmi Adejobi came in to set for several points, maintaining the Eph three-point lead at 10-7. New Paltz called another time-out after Williams pulled a multi-point run to land them at 14-9. Pushing another four points, the Ephs forced another time-out from the Hawks, but still charged ahead to 22-16 after the return of Farley to the court. New Paltz fought on, hammering balls to the floor in between the Eph defenders and inching up behind. Coach Kelsey called a time-out when the score reached 23-19, hoping to regroup and claim the final two points. Raea Rasmussen crushed center court in a quick-attack, winning the second set 25-19.

The third set began with a tie at 4-4, but strong serves from Williams disrupted the Hawks' options at the front row, and the Ephs quickly gained a growing lead, 9-6. New Paltz needed a breather when the score reached 12-7, and they were able to clean up their defense and open up their hitting options, allowing for kills by Becca Borquist. The Hawks strengthened their block as well, but it did nothing against Jasuta's cannons, and the Ephs maintained their lead, 19-16. Two successive tools from the Ephs pushed the score to 22-16, and New Paltz called another time-out. The Hawks responded by breaking through the middle defense, pushing three points before Jasuta earned a kill off a hard cross. Farley placed a mean setter dump to grab the final set, 25-19.

The Ephs held a sturdy defense with Tori Jasuta and Claire Miller both digging double digits, gathering 14 and 10 respectively. Jasuta and Miller both also led the Ephs at the net, each scoring 9 kills. Domination of the net was also apparent today, with Catherine Egan and Katherine Lane grabbing 4 blocks, and Claire Miller and Raea Rasmussen securing 3 blocks each.

Becca Borquist and Anna Paulik scored 8 kills each for the Hawks, and were backed by libero Katy Herbst who dug 15 balls.

The Ephs continue their season in Lewiston, ME this Friday, facing off against Bates at 8pm in their sixth NESCAC match.

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