Williams Downs New Paltz State in Three Sets

Catherine Egan '16 (l.) and Katherine Lane '16/Keller Gabriel
Catherine Egan '16 (l.) and Katherine Lane '16/Keller Gabriel

New Paltz, NY -- Williams (11-5, 4-1 in NESCAC) played New Paltz State (11-7, 3-0 in Conference) and defeated the Hawks in three sets (25-10, 25-21,25-9).

Tuesday night's starters for the Ephs were Ryan Farley '16, Katherine Lane '16, Catherine Egan '16, Tori Jasuta '17, Ally Ostrow '19, Roxi Corbeil '19, and libero Caitie Benell '17. The first set began with the Ephs dominating the pace and gained an early lead up 5-1 after multiple attack errors from New Paltz State and kills by Lane and Farley. After decisive plays at the net, the Ephs pressured New Paltz State to take a timeout down 10-3. New Paltz took another timeout after another run from the Ephs at 16-4. Match point was a skilled outside kill from Ostrow and the Ephs won 25-10.

The second set began with a major shift in momentum. The Ephs soon found themselves down 10-4 and took a timeout after committing attack errors and allowing kills from New Paltz. The Ephs needed to improve on their defensive skills coming out of the timeout. Down 12-8, Williams had an impressive kill from the right side from Corbeil and a set from Farley. Morgan Richman '19 entered with the Ephs down 16-12. Jasuta fought hard for the Ephs and got back-to-back kills to diminish the deficit to two points, 19-17. New Paltz wanted to put a pause on play and called a timeout. After the timeout, Egan had an energetic service ace to put the Ephs down by one. After a service ace from Jasuta to tie the game at 21-21 and a kill from Corbeil to give Williams the edge, New Paltz called their second timeout of the match. Kills by Ostrow and Lane were the deciding factor, and Williams won the second set 25-22.  

The Ephs took a large lead early in the third set, and New Paltz called a timeout down 10-4. Up 14-5, Egan had a booming kill from the middle with a set from Farley. After a kill from Corbeil, the Ephs maintained their lead and New Paltz called a timeout down 19-8. Match point was a kill from the middle by Egan to take the third set 25-9. 

Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey was very enthusiastic about the win and explained, "I thought our entire team did an absolutely phenomenal job tonight both in our skill execution and in our overall chemistry on court. Our senior captains of Ryan, Katherine and Catherine led the way both offensively with their speed and with their leadership and presence on court!"

Williams is looking forward to a NESCAC Weekend away. The Ephs play Hamilton at 8:00PM on Friday, and Middlebury 2:00PM on Saturday. 

Coach Kelsey reflected on the upcoming matches, and noted team consistecy as a key factor both in today's match and moving forward. "The rest of their teammates both on the floor and on the bench provided some great energy and support as well. We are definitely looking forward to another weekend of battles in the NESCAC and I'm hopeful that we can build off of this great team effort tonight."