Clinton, NY-- Williams (12-5, 5-1 in NESCAC) swept Hamilton (3-11, 1-4 in NESCAC) at an away game on Friday night to add to the Ephs five game win streak. The Ephs overtook Hamilton in three sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-23).
Williams quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first set. Up 6-4, Jasuta had a powerful kill from the outside with a set by Farley. Morgan Richman '19 came in to serve. Ostrow followed with a booming kill to line from the outside. After a big block from Katherine Lane at the middle, Hamilton called a timeout with the Ephs up 10-6. Back from the timeout Jasuta remained strong and earned another kill.
Trying to come back from a six-point deficit at 16-10, Hamilton took another timeout. Williams maintained a comfortable lead throughout the first set. Richman had a tricky short float serve and earned an ace at 21-13. After a long rally, Egan had a skilled kill from the middle. Farley opted out of a traditional set and strategically dumped the ball to center court to put the Ephs at match point. Williams won the first set 25-14.
The second set began with continued momentum and energy from the Ephs. Jasuta continued to support her teammates with assists and digs coming off of nine assists in the previous set. Down 7-2, Hamilton called the first timeout of the set. Jasuta had a back row kill at 10-4. Ostrow spiked with authority and got a kill from the outside at 12-6. Down 15-6, Hamilton took their second timeout of the set. Mia Weinland '19 entered to serve for the Ephs at 19-10. Williams, two points away from clinching the second set, took a timeout up 23-15. After the time out, Williams came out strong and took the set 25-15.
Ostrow began a run for the Ephs in the third set with a kill from the outside up 2-1. Hamilton went on a large run, and took their first lead of the night up 8-6. Hamilton controlled the tempo, and the Ephs failed to respond defensively after a tip from Hamilton. Down 11-8, the Ephs called a timeout. Williams came back and cut the deficit to one after strong blocking by Corbeil. To tie at 12-12, Ostrow had a big swing as left pin hitter.
Down by two at 17-15, the Ephs showed resiliency and Ostrow had a cross court kill to the opposite line. After a wide shot from Hamilton gave Williams a one point lead, Hamilton took a timeout down 18-17. Hamilton wanted more time to talk and called a timeout at 21-18. At 23-21, Corbeil had a strong attack from the right side. Benell got a service ace to put the Ephs at match point. Despite Hamilton's best attempt to narrow the deficit, the Ephs maintained the lead and took the third set 25-13.
Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on tonight's game and said, "The match tonight was a solid one for us. We definitely had moments where we played well and executed consistently. There were a few stretches where we stalled a bit and of course Hamilton made some really nice plays during those times too." Coach Kelsey noted that she was proud of the team's performance, particularly their ability to "refocus and adjust" during tumultuous moments.
Williams looks forward to more conference matches on the road. The Ephs will challenge Middlebury tomorrow in Middlebury, VT at 2:00PM. Coach Kelsey added, "As for Middlebury, tomorrow will be another great test for us."