Williamstown, MA – Williams Volleyball (8-7, 3-2 in NESCAC) continued an undefeated October stretch with a four set win (26-24, 25-13, 18-25, 25-18) against SUNY New Paltz (10-8, 3-0 in Conference). Williams sustained their momentum during the match but SUNY New Paltz managed to take the third set of the night during the home game in Chandler gym.
The starters for the Ephs were Ally Ostrow '19, Morgan Richman '19, Roxi Corbeil '19, Tori Jasuta '17, Alex Newton '20, and Natalie Albright '19. Williams began with a quick early lead in the first set up 3-1 with an outside kill by Jasuta. Daiana Takashima '20 entered for the Ephs at 3-4 to serve. New Paltz took the lead at 9-5 after multiple service aces. Williams called a timeout down by four at 10-6. Back on the court, the Ephs upped the tempo and tied at 13-13 after kills by Jasuta and Ostrow. Both teams were vying for the lead with strong hitters and consistent defense. New Paltz took the lead again at 20-15 and Williams called another timeout trailing by five.
With the ball back in play, Richman and Corbeil teamed up for a strong double block. The Ephs increased their energy with kills by Jasuta and Ostrow to narrow the deficit. With their lead diminished to one at 22-21, New Paltz called their first timeout of the match. With both teams hoping to earn the next few critical points, Williams pushed ahead. Jasuta had an outside kill at 23-22 and Newton followed with a service ace to tie things up. Jasuta took the lead up 25-24 with a significant outside kill. Williams took the first set in a win-by-two thriller 26-24.
The second set began with Williams maintaining a large lead. Williams was up 6-1 after kills by Corbeil and Richman. New Paltz pushed back and went on a run to tie things up at 9-9. Williams responded with multiple kills by Jasuta with the help of strong sets by Newton. Jasuta provided skilled serves and earned multiple service aces to help the team lead at 18-10. Williams went on a run to push the last five points with kills by Corbeil, Albright, and Ostrow. Match point was a kill from the middle by Albright with an assist from Newton to take the set 25-13.
The third set was a back and forth battle between the two teams. Williams took an early lead up 4-0 with a service ace by Jasuta. New Paltz took the lead after multiple kills. Williams called a timeout down by one at 5-4. Back from the timeout, both teams displayed powerful offensive systems. Tied at 8-8, Takashima earned a service ace. Down by one at 15-14, Jasuta got a kill. New Paltz then called a timeout. Back from the timeout, New Paltz went on a five point run. At 22-18, Ostrow got a kill from the outside. Ultimately, New Paltz took the third set 25-18.
The fourth set proved critical for a win by the Ephs. Up by one at 4-3, Ostrow got a kill. Corbeil had back-to-back kills from the right side up 10-7. Crucial hitting by Jasuta and Cobeil advanced the Ephs offense. Up 14-8, Richman and Corbeil teamed up for a double block on New Paltz's outside hitter. Jasuta had back-to-back kills at 18-13 and 19-13 with sets by Newton. At 23-13, Corbeil had a sharp kill from the right side pin. Williams won the fourth and final set 25-18.
Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on today's win. She explained, "This was another solid match for our team from start to finish against a physical and aggressive New Paltz team." Coach Kelsey noted emphasis on the team's perseverance. She said, "Even in the third set that we lost, I really like how our team responded and stayed poised to come back and win the fourth set and the match."
Coach Kelsey also added, "I think we keep building on a lot of positive things right now with this group and we look forward to another opportunity to get better and improve this weekend."
The Ephs are excited to continue their season on the road this weekend. Williams plays NESCAC opponent Connecticut College (7-6, 2-2 in NESCAC) at 2:00pm on Friday.