Medford, MA –– The Ephs (5-7, 1-3 NESCAC) completed another weekend on the road with a Saturday away game against Tufts (10-4, 5-0). The Ephs lost to Tufts in a three-set match with the set scores 25-18, 25-13, and 25-22.
The first set began with the starters Ally Ostrow, Alex Newton, Natalie Albright, Erin Denham, Tess Richman, Roxi Corbeil, and libero Daiana Takashima. Tufts took an early lead up 3-0 after multiple kills. Tufts maintained their lead after a big block at 7-2. At 8-3, Corbeil got a kill with an assist from Newton. At 9-4, Denham got a kill. Tufts went on a run to maintain their lead at 16-9. At 19-14, Alex Newton and Tess Richman teamed up for a block. After multiple attack errors, Tufts took the first set 25-18.
The second set began with the Ephs taking an early lead up 5-1. Tufts pushed back to tie things up at 5-5 after multiple blocks. Tufts took the lead up 12-7 after multiple attack errors by the Ephs. Mia Weinland got multiple kills down 13-9. Tufts pushed ahead to take the lead up 17-10. At 24-13, Denham got a kill with an assist from Roxi Corbeil. Tufts won the second set 25-13.
In the third set, the Ephs switched up their starting lineup. The starters for the Ephs were Ariana Altieri, Natalie Albright, Alex Newton, Tess Richman, Ally Ostrow, Roxi Corbeil, and libero Daiana Takashima. Roxi Corbeil got a kill down 3-1. Down 5-3, Morgan Richman and Tess Richman teamed up for a block. Down by one at 7-6, Weinland got a kill with an assist from Corbeil. The Ephs maintained steady energy down by one at 12-11. Down 16-13, Altieri got a kill with an assist from Daiana Takashima. At 18-15, Richman got a kill. Tufts had a big block to maintain their lead at 21- 17. At 22-20, Corbeil got a kill. Tufts had another block to take them to match point. Tufts won the third and final set in a close match with the final set score 25-22.
Head Coach for the Ephs Christi Kelsey remarked on the weekend when she explained, Overall this weekend had some really great moments. We continue to make progress and are trying to focus in a bit more on our consistency from set to set. Bowdoin and Tufts are two of the best teams in our league and it really helps us learn more about where we can continue to grow and get better."
Coach Kelsey added, "We are looking forward to another great week of opportunities to compete."
Williams stays on the road next week for a Tuesday night match against SUNY New Paltz at 7:30PM and then a Friday night away game against Colby at 8:00PM.