Whitewater, Wis.-- Williams (7-3, 2-1 in NESCAC) began the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Invitational with a four-set win (16-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19) against Wisconsin-Stout (10-7, 1-0 in Conference) and a three-set loss (25-14, 25-22, 25-18) against University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (12-3, 0-1 in Conference).
The second set began with starters Roxi Corbeil '19, Ally Ostrow '19, Tori Jasuta '17, libero Caitie Benell '17, Katherine Lane '16, Catherine Egan '16, and Ryan Farley '16. At 3-1, Williams had three kills from Jasuta, Egan, and Ostrow. Down 5-4, Morgan Richman '19 entered the game. At 6-6, Mia Weinland '19 entered the game. Williams went on a three point run from 12-10 to 15-10 with kills by Ostrow and Corbeil. Williams stayed strong and won the set 25-17 after a match point error by Wisconsin-Stout.
The fourth set started off evenly matched with ties at 5-5, 8-8, and 12-12. Jasuta had multiple strong kills from the outside throughout the match. After a service ace from Wisconsin-Stout at 15-12, the Ephs decided to take a timeout down by three. Ostrow came back from the timeout with a strong kill and diminished their deficit to two points. Richman entered at 15-13, served at 15-14, and got two aces to put the Ephs up by a point and erase the deficit. At 19-16, Farley got a kill. After a kill by Jasuta and a service ace by Ostrow, the Ephs were up 21-16. Corbeil got a kill to put the score at 24-18, and then got another kill at match point. The Ephs took the set 25-19 and won the match against UW Wisconsin-Stout in four sets (16-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19).
The first set began evenly with a tie at 7-7 and strong attacks from both sides. Williams took a timeout after being down 14-11. However, Wisconsin-Whitewater then took the lead with attacks from their outside hitters and service aces to widen the margin to 20-12. Williams could not respond to Wisconsin-Whitewater's strong servers and struggled defensively. Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated the Ephs in the first set 25-14.
The Ephs are looking forward to the second day of the tournament tomorrow with games against Carthage (No. 6) at 12PM CDT and Millikin at 2PM CDT.