Clinton, NY – Williams (10-7, 5-2 in NESCAC) played Hamilton (6-7, 2-5 in NESCAC) in a Friday night away match. Williams is fresh off of a five game win streak and the team has lost only four sets in those matches. Co-Captain Tori Jasuta '17 leads the NESCAC in kills with an average of 3.3 per set and a hitting percentage of .212%. First year setter Alex Newton is averaging 7.63 assists per set, which is fifth in the NESCAC.
The first set began with both teams excited for a NESCAC battle. Hamilton quickly lengthened their lead to 12-6 after aggressive hitting. At 13-9, Ally Ostrow '19 had a kill by hitting an off-tempo attack to the center of the court. To follow up, Roxi Corbeil '19 and Morgan Richman '19 teamed up for a double block to narrow the deficit to three. Jasuta got a service ace to set the score at 13-11. Hamilton then called a timeout.
Back from the timeout the Ephs continued to maintain strong attacks. For the first time in the set, Williams took the lead 14-13 after another kill from Ostrow. With Hamilton regaining the lead, Williams responded to take the lead at 17-16. Daiana Takashima '20 entered to serve. Alex Newton '20 got a kill after a strong serve and big dig by Takashima. Jasuta had a back row kill up 19-16. Hamilton called their second timeout. Hamilton narrowed the deficit to 19-18 hoping to regain the lead. Williams pushed back to lengthen the lead. After a long rally, Hamilton took home the point to set the score at 22-21. Williams continued to hit confidently to win the first set 25-21. Ostrow had 5 kills total in the first set, Jasuta also added five kills. Newton had 13 assists and Co-Captain libero Caitie Benell '17 had 15 digs.
The second set started with Williams continuing to play with high energy and strong hits. The Ephs went on a 5-0 run. Hamilton called a timeout to try to shift the momentum. Hamilton had a strong block on the Williams hitter to narrow the deficit to 6-3. Ostrow had a big cross-court kill from the outside to set the score 9-7. Jasuta had an outside kill at 13-10. Newton followed up with a strong jump serve. The set was tied up at 15-15 with the Ephs regaining the edge at 16-15. Hamilton showed strong blocking at the net to take the edge back at 17-16 to take the lead for the first time in the set. Jasuta took the lead back for Williams with a kill at 18-17. Hamilton calls a timeout down two at 21-19. Hamilton tied things up at 21-21. After a strong dig by Takashima, Richman got a kill from the middle to take the lead. Corbeil earned a kill to push the lead to two. Williams stayed steady to take the win 25-22.
With two sets to none, the Ephs were hoping to sweep Hamilton. Hamilton took the lead 2-1. At 2-2, Corbeil got a kill from the right side. Hamilton took the lead up 5-2. Takashima entered to serve at 5-3. Newton dumped the ball over down 6-5 to narrow the deficit. Ostrow had a strong float serve to earn an ace and tie things up at 6-6. Hamilton pushed ahead up 10-8 with the help of strong servers. Jasuta earned an outside kill at 10-9. Hamilton maintained their lead up 14-10 after a fast outside kill. Up 15-10, Hamilton held their largest lead since the first set. Hamilton had high energy up 18-13. Hamilton called a timeout with their lead diminished to two at 18-16. Natalie Albright '20 had a confident kill at 19-17.
Down 20-18, Jasuta got another kill. Newton followed with a consistent serve. Williams tied things up at 20-20 with a timeout called by Hamilton. Hamilton had a quick kill and took the lead 22-20. After a strong play with a hit that was just out of bounds, the Ephs trailed at 23-21. After a tip by Hamilton, the Ephs maintained their defense to set up a kill by Corbeil from the right side. Takashima entered to serve at Hamilton's match point. Williams played boldly to tie things up at 25-24. After an out of bounds hit by Hamilton, the Ephs were at match point. Tied at 26-26, both teams were hoping to take home the win. Jasuta had a kill to tie again at 27-27. Albright served to give the Ephs the lead. Jasuta powered through the Hamilton block at 29-28. Newton continued with strong serves.
At 30-29, Hamilton was faced with another match point. Hamilton won the third set 31-29. The fourth set began with Hamilton maintaining their lead at 5-2. At 5-3, Erin Denham '20 earned a kill. Denham got another kill to tie things up at 5-5. Williams called a timeout down by four at 9-5. Back on the court Williams narrowed the deficit to 10-9. Hamilton then decided to call a timeout. Ostrow had a strong float serve to earn a service ace and tie things up at 10-10. Williams had the lead at 15-14 after a cross-court kill at the right side by Jasuta. Jasuta followed up with a service ace to push the lead to two. Down by three at 17-14, Hamilton called a timeout.
While Hamilton was hoping to go to five sets, Williams was hoping to push to win the match with a critical fourth set victory. At 19-16, Denham earned a kill. Takashima earned an ace up 21-16. Williams continued to push ahead to match point at 24-16. The Ephs took the fourth set to win the match 25-17.
The Ephs have another busy weekend on the road. Williams plays Middlebury (12-4, 4-2 in NESCAC) away tomorrow in a 2:00pm afternoon match.