Williamstown, MA—Williams volleyball (22-3, 8-1 NESCAC) downed their eighth NESCAC foe this evening, defeating Colby College (13-11, 2-7 NESCAC) in three sets. The set scores were 25-19, 25-21, and 25-19.
Williams began their final big home weekend with solid plays coming out of the middle. Colby crept ahead after taking the lead coming out of a 5-5 tie, pushing their lead to 9-7 over the Ephs. A service run from Emily O'Day gave her team the lead 11-9, when Colby called the first time-out. The Ephs took back the lead as Raea Rasmussen pounded center court with a quick middle attack to set the score at 15-12. Eph attackers continued to dominate the net, and a menacing line shot from senior Claire Miller pressured Colby to call their second time-out when the Ephs reached 21-16. Senior Emily O'Day spotted her serve short for a service ace coming out of time-out, and the Ephs rushed ahead. Catherine Egan shot cannons from the outside pin to bring the Ephs to game point and a final error from Colby gave Williams the first set, 25-19.
The Ephs carried solid play into the second set, earning an early lead 7-2 and maintaining a two-point deficit until the score reached 11-9, when Williams called the first time-out. Sophomore libero Caitie Benell scored a service ace coming out of time-out, but a smart tip earned Colby the side-out. Tough kills from Rasmussen and Catherine Egan pushed the Ephs to 16-11, but Colby's Sarah Arvidson swung away for kills for Colby. Three kills from the Mules tightened the point gap, as Karolina Serhan and Alexa Busser hammered away to bring the score to 21-19, Ephs. A quick attack from Rasmussen brought the Ephs to game point, and the Mules called a time-out. A final error from Colby gave Williams the second set, 25-21.
Sophomore pin hitter Tori Jasuta opened the third set with two consecutive service aces, and a kill by Catherine Egan brought the Ephs to 7-2. Coming out of time-out Jasuta scored another service ace before Colby earned a side-out. The Mules fought back with hard swings to shrink the gap to 13-12, but the Ephs refused to be overcome and Jasuta and Egan swung the hammer to widen the gap again at 17-14. Another kill from Egan brought the Ephs to twenty and a hard driven ball from junior setter Ryan Farley pressured the Mules into a time-out. A one-woman block from Katherine Lane rejected a Mule attack, but Colby fought back with a service ace. Jasuta smashed the floor for game point, and a quick back-set gave Lane the final kill, winning the Ephs the third set 25-19.
Two Ephs broke double digit kills as Tori Jasuta swung for 10 and Catherine Egan earned 13 with an astounding .667 hitting percentage. Jasuta also led the Ephs with 13 digs and 4 service aces, followed by Emily O'Day with 7. Senior defensive specialist Amanda Schott earned her one-thousandth-match dig this evening.
The Colby Mules' attack was led by Karolina Serhan and Kim Donaldson, who earned 9 and 8 kills each. Natalie Roy and Karolina Serhan were tied with 8 digs each for the defense.
Williams' final regular conference match commences tomorrow at 2pm against Bowdoin College in Chandler Gymnasium, where the Ephs will celebrate Senior Day, thanking Claire Miller, Emily O'Day, Raea Rasmussen and Amanda Schott for their four-year contributions.