Williams Blanks Colby to End NESCAC Weekend 2-0

Ryan Farley #8 and Katherine Lane #11
Ryan Farley #8 and Katherine Lane #11

Williamstown, MA-- Williams (10-5, 4-1 in NESCAC) continued their NESCAC weekend at home with an afternoon game against Colby College (7- 7, 3-3 in NESCAC) in Chandler Gym. After beating Bates (5-7, 2-2 in NESCAC) last night in three sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-18) the Ephs hoped to continue their run. Last season the Ephs played Colby at home and won in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-19).

The Ephs began with strong plays from starters Ally Ostrow '19, Mia Weinland '19, Roxi Corbeil '19, Ryan Farley '16, Katherine Lane '16, and Catherine Egan '16. Usually an outsider hitter, Tori Jasuta '17 continued to showcase her defensive skills played libero. Lane buried a middle kill for the Ephs to set the score at 2-1. Corbeil stepped up and had a kill from the right side. Despite a block from Colby on her outside hit, Weinland continued to fight through the rally and converted an overpass from Colby into a point at 4-2. Weinland was a big presence on the outside pin and contributed extensively to the Ephs offensive force.

Farley decided to switch things up, and instead of earning an assist as setter, got a kill with a set from Jasuta at 9-3. A block from Farley pressured Colby to take a timeout with the score at 11-4. Back from the timeout, the Ephs ran an impressive and successful slide with Egan at the middle and Farley with the set. Colby edged back in, but Lane and Corbeil dominated the offense. At 18-14, Egan ran a speedy one ball. Another slide from Egan put the Ephs up 20-16. A seamless block from Lane and Corbeil forced Colby to take another timeout down 22-17.

The Ephs proved that Colby's timeout couldn't slow them down, and Weinland had back-to-back kills for the Ephs from the left pin to ultimately take the match 25-20. The second set began steadily for the Ephs, and the teams were tied at 4-4. Farley dumped the ball to center court with the Ephs up by two at 7-5. Ostrow powered through Colby blockers to add a point for Williams. Colby decided to take a breather and called a timeout down 13-9. Weinland came back ready with an attack that the Colby defense wasn't able to dig. With the score at 15-12, Corbeil got a kill from the right pin. Weinland ended a long rally with a kill to add a point for the Ephs. Williams called a timeout up by four at 17-13.

The Ephs were rejuvenated after their timeout, and Weinland had a strategic kill to line from the outside. Egan followed up with a big slide across the middle. Lane and Farley had a seamless block to add on to the Ephs' run. After a call by the referees on a ball handling error by Colby, Colby decided they wanted a timeout to deliberate down 23-17. A kill by Weinland put the Ephs at match point, and another kill from her sealed the deal 25-21.

The third set began with Colby taking control of the pace, and the Ephs soon found themselves down 5-2. Richman had a line kill from the back row at 6-5 with the Ephs down by 1. The Ephs trailed Colby throughout the third set, and hoped for a shift in the momentum when they called a timeout down 9-6. At 10-8, Corbeil had a big play getting up for multiple attacks for the Ephs. Lane had a kill from the middle in an attempt to lessen the deficit to three at 14-11. Egan ran a strong play at the middle with assists from Farley. A service ace from Richman tied the score 15-15 and forced Colby to take a timeout.

Funmi Adejobi '17 entered after the timeout. Farley opted out of a traditional set and dumped the ball to the hole in Colby's defense down 18-17. Farley dumped the ball again, this time to line, with the Ephs still down 20-19. Lane and Ostrow had a big block that led to a ball handling error by Colby to tie at 19-19. The Ephs soon embraced the lead change and Colby felt the need to take a timeout now down 23-21. With a strong service by Jasuta at match point followed by an attack error by Colby, the Ephs won the set 25-22.

Mia Weinland led the kill count for the Ephs with 16 kills and a hitting percentage of .500%. Catherine Egan had 9 kills, while Ryan Farley and Katherine Lane had 5 kills apiece. Ryan Farley had 35 assists at setter. Kim Donaldson led the Colby offense with 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .360%.

Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey reflected on the Ephs three-set win (25-20, 25-21, 25-22) and said, "Carrying over from last night, I thought we were consistent. Colby was certainly a very strong, athletic team. Different style of play to have to adjust to and I think we worked really hard this weekend."

On the subject of the NESCAC weekend overall, Coach Kelsey stated, "We had some people gain some more experience on the court this weekend. It speaks to our depth and overall I'm really proud of our entire team, even our bench, for the effort they put in this week."

The Ephs next game is an away game against New Paltz State at 7:30pm on Tuesday.

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