Williamstown, MA – The Ephs (4-1) opened their home season against Vassar College (5-4) on Wednesday, September 12th with Vassar earning the sweep.
The first set was close with Vassar leading most of the way. Vassar built a lead of 16-12 behind four kills and two errors. It was a back and forth affair until Williams freshman Olivia Hindy had two dominant kills to tie the set at 21-21. Vassar ultimately won the first set 26-24 behind six powerful kills from junior Jane McLeod.
In the second set, the Ephs were looking to bounce back and played another close set. Vassar was winning 20-17 when Williams junior Erin Denham came up with a big kill. Williams sophomore Alicia Blanco substituted in to serve and proved to be the spark needed for the Ephs to come from behind to gain a lead of 24-22. Williams was unable to hold onto the lead, and the serving of Vassar senior Lauren Ninkovich pushed Vassar to a win of 26-24.
In the third set, Vassar jumped out to a four point lead behind three kills, an ace, and an error, but Williams tied the set at 6-6 with four kills and an error. Both teams played well, and this set had a total of six ties. The serving of Vassar junior libero Jorden Schreeder broke a 20-20 tie and pushed Vassar to a 23-20 lead. Vassar rode this momentum to win the third set 25-22 and earn the sweep over Williams.
In this match, Vassar was led by twelve kills from Jane McLeod, thirty-three assists by senior Annie MacMillan, and thirteen digs by senior Lauren Ninkovich. Williams was led by twelve kills from Erin Denham, twenty-five assists by junior Alex Newton, and fifteen digs by Erin Denham.
Head coach, Christi Kelsey, commented, "There's still good pieces from the last two weeks of play together. We need to be more consistent with execution and on court energy. We're emphasizing getting better every day and will bring that to this weekend."
The Ephs play next at Wesleyan at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, September 14th.