Potsdam, NY – Williams (4-6, 1-2 in NESCAC) finished 0-2 on Saturday in the Clarkson University Invitational. Williams began the day with a 2:00pm match against Rochester (10-5), which they lost in three sets (23-25, 13-25, 20-25). Williams followed up with a 6:00pm against host team Clarkson (11-4, 3-1 in Conference) where they were also swept in three sets (25-21, 25-14, 25-14).
2:00pm – The first set against Rochester began with the Ephs trailing early. The starters for Williams were Tori Jasuta '17, Roxi Corbeil '19, Ally Ostrow, '19, Morgan Richman '19, Natalie Albright '20, setter Alex Newton '20, and libero Caitie Benell '17. Down 4-7, Ostrow got a quick kill from the outside off of a set by Newton. Still trailing at 4-9, Jasuta added a point for the Ephs. Williams narrowed the deficit to 15-19 after a service ace by Newton. Jasuta had a service ace at 17-20. Within four points of taking the lead, Corbeil got a kill from the right side will help from Newton's consistent setting. With the score at 23-21, Richman got a kill. After a contentious set, the Ephs lost 25-23.
The second set began with more energetic offensive systems from both sides of the net. The Ephs took an early lead up 2-1. Tied at 3-3, Jasuta earned a kill at the left pin. Tied at 7-7, Daiana Takashima '20 got a service ace. Rochester pushed back and went on a run to take the lead at 15-7. The Ephs tried to climb back and Richman got a kill down 15-8. Jasuta earned a point at 23-10. Ultimately, Rochester's early lead was enough for them to break away to win the second set 25-13.
With Rochester up two sets to none, the Ephs were hoping to take the third set. Down 3-1, Corbeil got a kill with an assist from Newton. Rochester widened their lead at 6-1 with multiple service aces. The Ephs were looking to narrow the difference and down 11-4 Erin Denham '20 got a kill for the Ephs. The score narrowed to 15-10 after a service ace by Jasuta. Down by five at 22-16, the Ephs narrowed the margin with kills by Corbeil, Denham, Jasuta, and Albright. However, Rochester swept the Ephs three sets to none and won the third set 25-20.
6:00pm – Williams was hoping to upset the home team in the second match of the day. However, Clarkson swept Williams in three sets (25-21, 25-14, 25-14).
Williams took an early lead at the start of the first set up 4-0 after multiple kills by Albright. Up 5-4, Corbeil got a kill from the right side with an assist by Benell. Tied at 10-10, Jasuta fought hard to get at a kill from the outside. Clarkson pushed forward to take the lead at 17-13 after a service ace. Down by five at 24-19, Jasuta got another kill. Clarkson took the first set 25-21.
The second set began with the Ephs trailing. Down 7-4, Richman got a kill with another assist by Newton. Down by 10 at 17-7, Jasuta hoped to help the Ephs catch up with a kill. Newton got a kill at 21-10 with an assist by Benell. Clarkson continued to control the tempo and took the second set 25-14. The third set began with the Ephs hoping to recover from a two set deficit. Richman got an early kill down 4-1 with a critical set by Newton. Down 8-3, Denham earned a kill. The Ephs were down 17-9 with Jasuta racking up multiple kills from the outside. Clarkson took the third and final set 25-14. Jasuta leads the Ephs in kills with 105 and Ostrow follows with 70 kills total. Jasuta also leads in digs with 156 total and libero Benell tallies 125 digs total.
Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on today's matches. She explained, "It may appear like a tough weekend in terms of our record but we really are a work in progress. There are lots of moments where we play some pretty high level volleyball which is exciting but we are focusing on our consistency and overall execution from point to point and set to set."
Coach Kelsey added that she is excited for for the future. She noted, "We are looking forward to getting back in the gym this week and keep working on getting better every day."
Williams will return home to Chandler gym this week. The Ephs play NESCAC opponent Bates on Friday night at 8:0pm. They also have a double header at home against Endicott and New Paltz St. on Saturday at 5:00pm and 7:00pm respectively.