Wellesley, MA– Williams (14-7, 6-2 in NESCAC) lost to Babson (20-7, 6-3 in Conference) on Friday night in four sets (19-25, 26-24, 20-25, 22-25).
Williams began the first set with starters Ally Ostrow '19, Morgan Richman '19, Tori Jasuta '17, Catherine Egan '16, Katherine Lane '16, Ryan Farley '16, and libero Caitie Benell. The Ephs started strong after an attack error from Babson and a kill by Richman put them up 2-0. Babson then went on a run and the game was neck-and-neck. Babson pulled ahead after multiple kills and the Ephs called their first timeout of the game down 9-5. Down 10-6, Jasuta got a kill with a set from Farley. Babson was able to go on another large run and the Ephs struggled to dig Babson's attacks. Down 16-10, the Ephs called their second timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, Richman got multiple kills and the team tried to narrow the deficit. Down 19-16, Egan got a kill after an assist from Farley. At 22-19, Ostrow earned a kill from the outside. At match point, Babson got a service ace and won the set 25-19.
The second set started with a service ace from Farley. At 5-5, Richman and Egan teamed up for a block. Richman got a kill to give the Ephs the edge. Down 9-6, Babson called their first timeout of the match. Jasuta got a kill after the timeout. Up by five at 15-10, Lane had a kill in the middle. Babson fought back hard and picked up the lead at 16-15. After multiple lead changes, Egan got a kill at 19-18. Tied 20-20, Farley got a kill with an assist from Benell. After kills by Ostrow and Jasuta, Williams was up by one.
Babson called a timeout down 23-22. Williams then called a timeout up 24-23. After multiple attack errors by Babson, the Ephs won the second set 26-24. The third set began win kills by Lane and Roxi Corbeil '19. Down 5-4, Jasuta had a kill from the outside. Babson then went on a seven-point run. Down 19-11, Williams called a timeout. At 19-13, Benell had a service ace. At 24-20 Weinland and Lane got a block. After a service error by the Ephs, Babson won the third set 25-20.
The fourth set began with the Ephs up 9-4 after kills by Jasuta and Farley as well as back-to-back service aces by Corbeil. At 15-11, Corbeil got a kill. Williams took a timeout down 16-14. At 21-21, Farley and Lane worked together for a block. Down 21-23, Williams called another timeout. After a critical run by Babson, the Beavers won the set 25-22.
Before tonight's match, Babson has won six of its last eight matches, most recently beating 23rd-ranked MIT in straight sets, to snap the Engineers' 18-match winning streak. Donahue led all players with 13 kills and hit .545 on the night, while classmate Elizabeth Sullivan recorded a match-high 23 digs to become the program's all-time leader. Sullivan leads the NEWMAC in total digs (511) and digs per set (5.74), while Donahue is fourth in the conference in both total kills (261) and kills per set (3.30). Fellow seniors Krissy Robertson and Angela Price have combined to dish out 8.65 assists per set. The Beavers are currently ranked 10th in both the NEWVA and NCAA regional rankings.
The Ephs series with non-conference team Babson dates back to 2002. The Ephs were 4-0 against the Beavers until this match up, and this match was the second time that the teams have played each other since 2008.
Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on the game today and said, "Tonight really was a tough one. Babson played well from start to finish in the match and we never were really able to get anything consistent going. Hopefully tomorrow we can bounce back and get on track again."
Tomorrow is another busy day for the Ephs. They play a doubleheader with a match against Wellesley at 11:00AM at MIT and match against MIT at 3:00 PM as part of the New England Challenge. Babson will also play in the tournament at MIT with matches against Tufts and Middlebury.