Williams Wins Both Matches on Second Day of Union Invitational

Eph huddle/Keller Gabriel
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Schenectady, NY-- The Ephs (4-1) beat SUNY Oneonta (4-3) in three sets, followed by a victory against Skidmore (2-7) in three sets.

1pm -- Williams battled SUNY Oneonta and posted a 3-set match win. During the first set, Ally Ostrow '19 had two kills to put the Eph up at 11-8. With the Ephs up 23-21, Oneonta took a timeout. Caitie Bennell '17 was up to serve and confidently played in the ball. The Ephs won the set 25-21.

Roxi Corbell '19 set the tone for the second match with a thundering kill to give the Ephs a score of 6-5.  With the Ephs up 12-10, Oneonta took a timeout. Following the time out, Ryan Farley '16 served powerfully and painted the back line with the ball to give the Ephs an ace. Anna Spellman '17 put up an unstoppable block to roof Oneonta and make the score 15-14. At 21-18, Oneonta took another time out. Tori Jasuta '17 served confidently for a string of Eph kills. The Ephs won the second set 25-20.

The third match was confidently won by the Ephs with especially good serve placement from Jasuta and Farley. The match point was a kill from Shelby Fisher '18 with a great serve and set from Farley.

3 pm --- Williams (4-1) faced Skidmore (2-7) and won the match in three sets.  

During the first set, Funmi Adejobi '17 served confidently and recorded an ace to put the Ephs up 8-4. After the Ephs were up 13-8, Skidmore went on a run and the Ephs decided to take a strategic time out at 15-14. Following the time out, Corbell had a dynamic kill by finding a hole in Skidmore's defense. The Ephs won the first set 25-18.

The second set began with a cross court kill by Ostrow. To put the Ephs up 6-4, Mia Weinland '19 got a kill. The Ephs won the second set consistently ahead for the majority of the points with a final score of 25-20.

The third set began with kills by Adejobi and Fisher. The Ephs gained an early, large lead with a score of 14-3. Elizabeth Cromack '18 and Anna Spellman proved to be a force at the net and teamed up for a powerful block to put the Ephs up 21-6. The Ephs won the set 25-9.

Senior setter Ryan Farley was named to the All-Tournament team.

Eph head coach Christi Kelsey reflected on the Union Invitational as a whole and said, "I think the biggest thing for me is that we kept making improvements every time we stepped on the court.  We didn't win every game at the tournament, but I think the most important thing is that we were constantly improving. We are a better team then we were at any point this season and that's a testament to the hard work of the girls."

This tournament was also an exciting opportunity for coach Kelsey, because she was able to showcase a lot of different faces on the court. "We got to play everyone who could play. We have a few people who were unable to play because of injuries, but it was very exciting for me as a coach to get to play everyone would was able to play during this tournament." Being able play a variety of players from across all class years was an exciting feature of the Union Invitational.

Next weekend marks the start of not only the Ephs first home game, but the beginning of conference play as they play Tufts University on Friday and Connecticut College on Saturday. Playing NESCAC teams will be a new challenge for the Ephs, as Coach Kelsey notes, "There's a lot of depth in terms of talented team. We played Tufts in the NESCAC final last season so we're looking forward to another battle. It's going to be an exciting weekend in Chandler gym."

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