Schenectady, NY –– Williams (2-3) had an exciting second day of the Union Invitational and won games against Skidmore (2-5) and SUNY Oneonta (4-5). On Friday, Williams lost a five-set battle against host Union College (2-6) with the set scores 27-25, 25-21, 19-25, 18-25, and 13-15 and went on to be swept by Stevens with the set scores 12-25, 21-25, and 17-25.
The first game of the day was an early morning match-up against Skidmore (2-5).Williams maintained strong defense and aggressive offensive systems. Williams successfully swept Skidmore in three sets with the set scores 25-18, 25-13, and 25-21. Sophomore Setter Alex Newton recorded a hitting percentage of .667 with 4 kills and 6 total attacks. Newton also showcased strong defensive skills and recorded 11 digs. Sophomore Natalie Albright had a hitting percentage of .583 with 12 total attacks and 8 kills. Junior Tess Richman had a hitting percentage of .556 and 6 kills. Sophomore Erin Denham had a hitting percentage of .267 and 12 kills. The Skidmore match provided the Ephs with energy as they went into their second match of their double-header.
After sweeping Skidmore in three sets, Williams hoped to keep up the energy in their afternoon game against SUNY Oneonta at 2:00PM. Williams was able to win the first set 25 to 17. However, Oneonta took control of the second set and won 25 to 13. The third set proved to be a decisive switch in momentum and Williams won 25 to 20. The Ephs won the final set 25 to 19 and won the match in four sets. Erin Denham had a notable hitting percentage of .345 with 13 kills and 29 total attacks. Alex Newton also recorded three kills. Tess Richman earned 5 kills and had a percentage of .273.
Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on the Invitational when she explained, "Our team had a strong day two of the Union Invitational. We were very pleased with the adjustments that our team made from yesterday and the competitive mentality that they brought to the floor for both matches today." Coach Kelsey added,"Overall we had great energy from both the players on the court at any given moment in time as well as an incredibly enthusiastic and supportive bench. We were really proud of all 14 players in the contributions that they made this weekend in helping our team get better not only from point-to-point but from match to match."
Next week, the Ephs have their first home game in Chandler of the 2017 season. They play NESCAC rival Wesleyan (Conn.) on Friday night at 8:00PM and Conn. College on Saturday at 2:00PM.
Coach Kelsey explained the team's excitement going into the season home opener weekend. She noted, "We are looking forward to the opportunity to get back in the gym on Monday and start to prepare for our opening conference weekend. The NESCAC is going to be highly competitive this year so will be exciting to kick off our opening weekend of conference play with two great teams in Wesleyan and Conn College."