Mahwah, NJ –– Williams (5-6, 1-2) went 1-1 at the Ramapo Invitational on Saturday.
The Ephs' first match was against host Ramapo College (11-3, 2-0) at 11:00AM and New York University (3-12, 0-0) at 1:00PM .
In the first match of the day, the Ephs were swept by host Ramapo (11-3, 2-0) in three sets. The set scores were 12-25, 17-25, and 21-25. The starters for the Ephs were Erin Denham, Natalie Alrbight, Morgan Richman, Ally Ostrow, Tess Richman, Alex Newton, and libero Daiana Takashima. Despite the sweep, the Ephs displayed strong stats with many players showing off their offensive tallents. Ostrow had 6 kills with a hitting percentage of .308%, Albright had 3 kills with a percentage of .250%, Denham had 4 kills with a percentage of .250%. First year Ariana Altieri boasted 5 kills with a percentage of .200%. Mia Weinland had three kills and first year Lauren Barry had 4 kills. Setter Alex Newton had 18 assists and libero Daiana Takashima had 7 digs.
In the second match of the day, the Ephs were able to rally from their earlier loss and defeat NYU (3-12, 0-0) in four sets. NYU took the first set 25-22, but the Ephs were able to take the next three sets 25-14, 27-25, and 25-22. The starters for the Ephs were Mia Weinland, Natalie Albright, Roxi Corbeil, Erin Denham, Tess Richman, Alex Newton, and libero Daiana Takashima. Albright had offensive success and had 8 kills and a hitting percentage of .538%. Tess Richman had 7 kills and a percentage of .417%. Newton earned 41 assists and 11 digs. Takashima had 20 digs and Denham had 10 digs. Weinland had 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .229%. Corbeil had 9 kills and Denham earned 13 kills.
Head Coach of the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on today's games when she explained, "As for both matches today, I think we continue to learn a lot about ourselves in every competitive situation. Our match against Ramapo was one in which we were able to have contributions from every person on our team while at the same time trying to focus on our consistency from point-to-point and set to set."
On the NYU match, Coach Kelsey added that "it was great to see our true competitive fire return and for our team to rise up to the challenge of rebounding from the previous match against Ramapo. After only playing three weeks, I still am incredibly excited about the possibilities of this group. We know that we need to continue to grow and learn from each opportunity that we have, but our crew really is embracing that challenge and we have already seen some huge improvements from where we started in week one of preseason. We are looking forward to the upcoming week and getting prepared for the next weekend of NESCAC matches."
The Ephs stay on the road next week for an exciting weekend of conference play. Williams plays Bowdoin at Bowdoin at 8:00PM on Friday and then travels to Tufts for a Saturday match at 2:00PM.