|Ryan Farley '16|
|Tori Jasuta '17|
|Ally Ostrow '19|
HADLEY, MA – In a vote of the conference coaches three Ephs, all hailing from California were named to the 2015 All-NESCAC Volleyball team.
Senior setter and captain Ryan Farley (La Jolla, CA), junior outside hitter Tori Jasuta (Manhattan Beach, CA) and first year libero/outside hitter Ally Ostrow (Menlo Park, CA) are the honored Ephs.
Farley was accorded First Team honors, while Jasuta was named to the Second Team and Ostrow was the coaches' choice as Rookie of the Year. Farley and Jasuta also received First Team honors in 2014. This marks the third consecutive year that Ryan Farley has earned First Team honors.
This also marks the third consecutive year that Jasuta has been named All-NESCAC. Her first two seasons she was named the Player of the Year and is the first NESCAC player to accomplish that feat in the first two years of a career.
"Individual awards are humbling and are certainly a reflection of our entire squad," commented Eph head coach Christi Kelsey. "I think Ryan, Tori and Ally, would be the first to thank their teammates for the opportunity to represent our team with their honors."
Farley leads NESCAC in assists per set at 10.23 and she has 1,115 assists this season and is responsible of 85% of all Eph assists on the year. She also leads the Ephs in sets played (109) and service aces (43).
Over her four years Farley has played in 118 matches and 433 sets and has recorded 341 kills, 914 digs, 168 service aces, and 4,230 assists. Her career high in a five-set match for assists is 62 in a match played at MIT this fall. Her three-set personal best in assists is 45, which she registered against Tufts in the 2013season.
"What an incredible run it has been for Ryan," said Kelsey. "She, along with fellow seniors Katherine Lane and Catherine Egan, have been heart and soul of our team this year. All three have impacted our program in so many ways on and off the court during their four-year careers. For Ryan to earn all-conference honors for the past three seasons says a lot about the special type of player and person she is. She no doubt will leave Williams as part of an elite group of setters that are among the program's best in history. Her hard work, fiery competitive spirit and overall passion for the game and for Williams College are just a few things she has added to our program during her time with us. This entire senior class is the perfect example of what our volleyball family is about and I am excited that Ryan earned recognition for her efforts as well both individually and in representing her fellow classmates."
Tori Jasuta had to adjust her game and approach this season and she has been most successful in making the changes necessary for her to continue to make large contributions to the team. She has played in all 28 matches to date and 108 sets. Jasuta has 262 kills this season to go along with 58 assists and 431 digs (3rd in NESCAC). Jasuta's career totals to date show 1,138 kills, 164 assists and 1,243 digs.
"Words can't express how proud I am of Tori for just what she has been able to contribute this season," Kelsey said. "She wasn't at 100% after having overcome a serious injury from last season, but she worked really hard on finding new ways both through her other skills and in her leadership on court to inspire her teammates and help motivate our group. She is playing some of her best volleyball of the year right now and I'm happy for her that she was still able to earn recognition for her efforts this season."
Ally Ostrow is currently fifth in NESCAC in digs with 376 and in addition has recorded 266 kills and 26 service aces.
"Ally really came in from day one of preseason and has been so steady, consistent, and a go-to presence on court," Kelsey stated. "Whatever role we have asked her to play either as an outside hitter or defensive player, she has stepped up in big ways for our team. She definitely earned this award and it's a great reflection of the passion, enthusiasm and athleticism of our entire first-year group."
Christi Kelsey was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in her seven years at the Eph helm. Kelsey, who received the award in 2013, guided the Ephs to an 8-2 record in league play en route to the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship, where they finished as conference runners-up. Williams will be making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after earning an at-large bid.
"I'm honored and very humble to receive this award," Kelsey noted. "We have a tremendous coaching group in NESCAC so I'm very thankful for the colleagues with which I coach. This award though is really a true reflection of our volleyball family and the great team I have the opportunity to coach, so all the credit really goes to them.
Next up for the 18-10 Ephs is an NCAA Tournament First Round match versus Ithaca College that will be played Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the campus of Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.