Middletown, CT – Williams (15-9, 7-2 in NESCAC) began the first game of busy conference weekend against Wesleyan (5-13, 1-8 in NESCAC) in an away match on Friday night. The starting players for the Ephs were Roxi Corbeil '19, Shelby Fisher '18, Elizabeth Cromack '18, Tori Jasuta '17, Catherine Egan '16, Ryan Farley '16, and libero Ally Ostrow '19. The first set began with strong hitting by the Ephs and kills by Jasuta and Egan. Wesleyan responded with hitting and both teams were evenly matched. Welseyan pulled ahead and took a three-point lead at 14-11. The Ephs pushed back and went on a four-point run that included kills from Egan and Corbeil as well as a service ace by Ostrow.
Wesleyan called the first timeout of the game down by one at 15-14. Back from the timeout, Fisher had a middle kill. After another run by Williams set the score at 20-15, Wesleyan called their second timeout. Back on the court, Egan got another kill. At 22-16, and 23-16, Farley and Jasuta both got kills. Match point was a big kill by Jasuta with an assist from Farley. The Ephs won the match 25-19.
Williams continued the momentum into the second set and Farley got a service at 2-0. Down by 9-3 after kills by Corbeil and a service ace by Ostrow, Wesleyan called a timeout. Back from the timeout, Wesleyan went on a run after multiple attack errors from the Ephs. Up 13-6, Egan got a kill from the middle. After a kill by Cromack at 20-10, Wesleyan called another timeout. Despite a three point run by Wesleyan, Williams won the set 25- 14. Match point was a service point by Morgan Richman '19.
The third set began with Wesleyan taking an early lead 3-0. At 3-2, Jasuta got a service ace. Wesleyan maintained their lead throughout the set. Up 18-14, Wesleyan called a timeout. Williams was able to edge back in after the timeout. At 18-15, Fisher got a timeout. Up by one at 18-17, Wesleyan called another timeout. Egan got a kill in the middle and tied up the game 18-18. Up 21-20, the Ephs took the lead with a kill by Farley. Down 21-20, Farley got a kill. The Ephs fought hard and won the set and the match 25- 20.
Williams beat the Cardinals in three sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-20). This victory over Wesleyan gives the Ephs their third straight Little Three title and their sixth straight win over Wesleyan and raises the Ephs' record in the series with Wesleyan to 37-7 in Williams' favor.
Its also a nice feeling to win the Little Three title for Williams and our team so very proud of our group for that.
We are looking forward to closing out the regular season against Trinity tomorrow as they are a great group and will be another great match."
The Ephs continue their road matches with a game against Trinity College tomorrow at 2:00PM.