Cambridge, MA – Williams (10-9, 5-3 in NESCAC) played host team MIT (23-3, 8-0 in Conference) to start off the first day of the New England Challenge. Tomorrow, the Ephs face two non-conference teams. They play Babson College (14-9, 6-3 in Conference) at 10:30am and Springfield College (23-3, 8-1 in Conference) who currently holds a sixteen game win streak at 3:00pm.
The first set began with starters Ally Ostrow '19, Morgan Richman '19, Roxi Corbeil '19, Tori Jasuta '17, Alex Newton '20, Natalie Albright '20 and libero Caitie Benell '17. Up 3-1, Corbeil got a kill with a set from Newton. At 6-5, Daiana Takashima '20 entered to serve. Down 7-8, Ostrow got a kill with a set from Newton. Down 9-12, Jasuta got a kill from the outside. Williams called their first timeout down by four at 9-14.
Back from the timeout, Corbeil got a kill with a kill from the right side. MIT continued to push ahead with a big block on the Williams outside hitter. With the deficit widening, Williams called another timeout down at 20-10. At 21-12, Ostrow got an outside kill with a strong set from Newton. Ultimately, MIT won the first set 25-12.
The second set becan with the Ephs hoping to tie things up. MIT took an early lead at 4-1. At 2-4, Richman got a kill from the middle with a set from Newton. The point differential remained narrow as the Ephs remained steady with strong digging and confident hitting. Down 7-9, Corbeil earned a kill from the right side. At 11-10, Takashima entered to serve. After an attack error by MIT, the score was tied at 11-11. MIT then called their first timeout.
Back on the court, the Ephs took the lead after a kill by Ostrow. Ostrow followed up with a service ace at 14-13. At 15-15, Jasuta had a kill from the outside. After another tie at 19-19, MIT pushed ahead with a critical lead up 22-19. Williams called a timeout to talk things over. With the ball back in play, MIT maintained their lead to win the second set 25-20.
Jasuta began the third set with back-to-back kills with precise sets from Newton. MIT went on a run up 6-2. Williams called a timeout at 6-2. Jasuta and Corbeil had kills at 8-5 and 8-6 respectively. Benell followed up with a service ace. Albright got a kill down by one at 9-8. Tied at 11-11, Jasuta had an outside kill. Williams went on a run up 16-13 with a kill by Ostrow. MIT responded to tie at 16-16. Corbeil got a kill at 17-16 to take the lead. Benell eared a service ace to grow the lead to two. MIT called a timeout down by three at 19-16. Back on the court, MIT went on a run to narrow their deficit to one at 21-20. Ostrow got a kill up by two at 22-20. MIT called a timeout after a service ace by Ostrow set the score at 23-20. Jasuta had a strong outside kill to put the Ephs at match point. The Ephs won the third set 25-22.
In the fourth set, MIT called a timeout down 4-3. MIT went on a large run to lead at 11-5. Down 12-9, Jasuta got a kill. Down 18-11, Ostrow got a kill from the outside with an assist by Jasuta. Williams went on a run with kills by Ostrow and Albright to set the score at 23-16. Benell got an ace at 23-17. MIT pushed ahead to win the fourth and final set 25-17. Despite wining set three, the Ephs lost with the set scores: 12-25, 20-25, 25-22, 17-25.