New Paltz, NY -- Williams (5-9, 1-4 in NESCAC) played the New Paltz Hawks (10-7, 2-1 in Conference) and lost to the Hawks in four sets after winnng the first set (25-16,25-22,25-15,25-22). The Ephs were coming off from a weekend with losses against Bowdoin (7-6, 4-1 in Conference) and Tufts (10-4, 5-0 in Conference).
The starters for Tuesday night's matchup were Ally Ostrow '19, Natalie Albright '20, Erin Denham '20, Tess Richman '19, Roxi Corbeil '19, Morgan Richman '19 and Libero '19 Daiana Takashima '20. It was clear that Williams was outperforming New Paltz at the start of the match. A kill from opposite hitter, Morgan Richman, gave the first point of the match to the Ephs. Richman proceeded to get the Ephs points by getting an ace on the backline at 3-2. A stealthy attack by Ostrow on the outside pumped up the Williams bench at 7-5. The Ephs continued to execute their offensive plays and fought hard to get to 17-11. After a net violation by the Ephs, the Hawks were regaining territory at 21-16. At match point, Richman delivered an ace that closed off the first set 25-16.
At the start of the second set, New Paltz came out strong with multiple offensive attacks and was up 6-3. After a cohesive display of defensive plays, the Ephs battled against the Hawks to get to down one, 8-7. A few unintentional errors later and the Ephs were down 11-7. Eph head coach Christi Kelsey called a timeout. Down 16-13, Ostrow fought hard to get a kill to diminish the deficit. A hitting error by the Hawks and a kill by Richman kept the Ephs moving, down 18-16. A well-placed tip by Albright made it 18-17. Getting close to the end of the set, the Ephs were head-to-head with the Hawks. A kill by Tess Richman off of Corbeil and the Ephs trailed 22-20. A strong cross court kill by Ostrow gave Williams a tie at 22, and New Paltz took a timeout. At match point for the Hawks, an unforced error by the Ephs closed the second set at 25-22.
The beginning of the third set was head-to-head between the Ephs and the Hawks. The first ten points were split evenly between the two teams. A kill by Mia Weinland '19 brought the Ephs to within one, down 9-8. Down 14-11, coach Kelsey called a timeout. Back from timeout, a long rally ended with a powerful kill by Ostrow. Down 19-15, Weinland had a booming kill on the outside. New Paltz maintained their lead and closed off the third set 25-19.
The fourth set began with strong offensive plays from both teams. Down 8-5, the Ephs took a timeout. Down 10-8, a kill by Morgan Richman diminished the deficit by one point. Back-to-back kills by Weinland brought the Ephs up to an 11-11 tie. A kill by Denham off a stellar set from Corbeil tied the Ephs with the Hawks at 15-15. Strong defensive plays by New Paltz gave them a 19-16 lead. Coach Kelsey called a timeout. Back from timeout, Denham scored a major kill. Timeout was then called by New Paltz who led 24-22. It was match point for New Paltz and a kill ended the fourth set at 25-22. Weinland ended the day with a total of 12 kills, followed by Richman, with 10 kills.
Eph head coach Christi Kelsey commented, "We had some pretty good moments tonight especially in the first set. I was really proud of the way the team came out and was aggressive and confident right from the very first point. I have to give a lot of credit to New Paltz as they made some adjustments in the second set and we tried to then make some adjustments of our own but it was a battle back-and-forth and we could never really quite gain the momentum again..."
The Ephs will be on the rad again this weekend at Colby on Friday at 8:00pm and at Bates on Saturday at 2pm.