WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Tufts University spoiled the Williams College volleyball team's home and conference opener Friday nihgt in Chandler Gymnasium, posting a 27-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-13 victory over the Ephs.
Williams fell to 4-2, 0-1 in the NESCAC while the Jumbos improved to 4-2, 1-0 in the conference. The Ephs are back at home Saturday for a 2 p.m. match against Connecticut College.
Tufts senior Maddie Kuppe led the Jumbos with 23 kills while adding six digs and three block assists in the victory. First-year Mackenzie Bright added 11 kills while Kyra Baum notched 30 assists. Sophomore Alexander Garrett led Tufts with 15 digs on the night.
For Williams, junior Anna Spellman had 11 kills while senior Katherine Lane and first year Ally Ostrow each had 10. Senior setter Ryan Farley notched 30 assists, while Ostrow led the team with 18 digs.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair with Williams jumping out to a 7-2 lead. Tufts fought back to even the score at 13 and then built a 17-13 lead behind back-to-back kills from senior outside hitter Esme Nulan. The Ephs battled back to tie things at 18 and had a chance to win with Ostrow serving up 25-24, but Nulan executed a powerful kill to tie things up. Angela Yu put the Jumbos up 26-25 with a kill before the Jumbos closed out the set.
After Williams tied the match at one set apiece, the two teams continued taking the lead back from one another for the first portion of the third set. An ace from Eph junior Catie Bennell tied things at 14, but back-to-back kills from Tufts' Bright and Elizabeth Ahrens gave the visitors a 17-16 lead.
A Tori Jasuta smash allowed Williams to tie the set at 18-all, but a Bright kill gave the edge back to Tufts. The Jumbos led 22-20 when Katie Kim and Mckenzie Humann combined for a critical block that made it 23-20. It was 23-22 when the Jumbos called a timeout to regroup and win the following two points on Eph errors to take a 2-1 set lead.
Tufts closed out the victory with a 25-13 win in the fourth set, outscoring Williams 18-8 over the final 26 points.