Schenectady, NY-- Williams hoped to bounce back from their 0-2 start yesterday on the first day of the Union Invitational. On the second day, Williams faced Oneonta (2-5) and Ramapo (4-3).
The first game against Oneonta proved to be a difficult match for the Ephs. The Ephs lost in four sets (17-25, 22-25, 25-19, 17-25), but managed to take the third set. The team hitting percentage during the third set was .278% with 15 total kils during the set. Tori Jasuta '17 recorded the highest number of kills on the team with 13 kills total. Setter Alex Newton recorded the highest number of assist with 23 total and Jasuta also recorded the highest number of digs with 15 total. Overall, Oneonta had strong hitters and a team hitting percentage of .389% as well as 19 total attack errors compared to 30 attack errors by the Ephs. Additionally, Oneonta had 12 blocks total while the Ephs recorded 5 blocks.
The second game of the day, an afternoon game against Ramapo, was a five set triumph for the Ephs. Williams won against Ramapo in five sets after coming back from a two set deficit. Jasuta proved to be an integral part of the offence with a hitting percentage of .310% as well as 11 kills. Nica Kovalcik '19 lead the team in kills with 12 total, and Ostrow followed with 9 kills. Roxi Corbeil '19 also supported the offensive system with 8 kills and a hitting percentage of .381%. The team recorded 8 blocks total and pushed hard to take the last three of the five sets (22-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-12).
Head Coach of the Ephs Christy Kelsey was pleased with the progress that the team had made throughout the weekend and the hard work that the Ephs put into the tournament. She elaborated, "First and foremost I was really proud of the way our team responded and adjusted from how we played yesterday. We talked a lot about growth opportunities and learning moments as we go from game to game and match to match. I certainly believe we took advantage today of those opportunities to get better."
Coach Kelsey added that she is pleased with the potential on the team and is optimistic going into the rest of the season. She added, "Im really pleased overall with a lot of positive contributions from everyone that could play this weekend. We have a lot of potential and a great source of strength and support in each other. We know we have a lot of work to do to keep getting better but the team is excited for that opportunity!"
The Ephs next match is September 16th at 8:00PM against NESCAC Opponent Tufts. This is Williams' first conference game of the season. Last season, the Ephs lost against Tufts in their first home game of the season in four sets (27-25, 19-25, 22-25, 14-25). The Ephs are excited to take on Tufts once again.