Schenectady, NY – The Ephs continued play at the Union College Invitational with another doubleheader. Williams improved to (4-0) with wins over St. Michael's College (0-4) 3-0 and Skidmore College (5-3) 3-2.
After a strong first day of the tournament, Williams was looking to build on their first two wins and did just that against St. Michael's College. Behind the mighty serving of senior, Roxi Corbeil, and the powerful kills of junior, Erin Denham, the Ephs pushed the lead to 13-6 and never looked back. They surged to a 25-11 win that was highlighted by four kills from both Erin Denham and sophomore, Ariana Altieri.
In the second set, the Ephs turned a 8-8 tie into a 12-8 lead on two aces from junior, Natalie Albright, a kill by Roxi Corbeil, and an attack error by St. Michael's. This proved to be the energy needed to post a 25-21 win. Riding the momentum from the first two sets, the Ephs coasted to a 25-17 win to secure the sweep. The leaders from this match: Erin Denham with ten kills; junior, Alex Newton, with fifteen assists; and junior, Daiana Takashima, with thirteen digs.
Williams played the last match of the two-day tournament against Skidmore College. The first game was a back and forth affair until Skidmore went on an eight-point run. Unable to recover, the Ephs dropped the game 25-21.The ephs got four kills from freshman, Olivia Hindy. In the second set the Ephs trailed 20-16, but that 4-point deficit did not last when a rally of three attack errors, two kills, and an ace knotted the score at 22-22. The Ephs used this run to earn a 25-22 victory.
The third set was another close one, but Williams was unable to hold onto the energy from the previousset Roxi Corbeil had eight kills in the 25-23 loss. The fourth set proved to be another close one and was tied at 20-20 when Lydia Kurtz came up big with three kills to push the Ephs to a 25-22 win. Heading into the fifth set, Williams climbed out of a five-point deficit early on and battled back to tie the game at 15-15. The substitution of senior, Morgan Richman, was the boost Williams needed to win the game 17-15 and improve to 4-0. For this match, the Ephs were Roxi Corbeil who notched 22 kills, fifty-three assists were recorded by Alex Newton, and twenty-six digs came from Daiana Takashima. Alex Newton was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Eph head coach, Christi Kelsey, was excited about the first weekend of the season. She remarked, "It was a really cool way for us to end the first week and a half of being back together and starting our season. I'm really proud of each and every person for not only how they competed this weekend but for also continuing to be committed to getting better. Most importantly, I really like how this team has come together so far in terms of chemistry. There are intangible things that are important each year and the connections that we build with one another are probably at the top of that list. This group is been so supportive of each other right from day one and just a really fun group to be around which is going to make for a really awesome journey in the weeks ahead."
The Ephs open their home season on Wednesday, September 12th against Vassar College at 6:00 P.M.