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New London, CT – Williams (5-2, 1-1 NESCAC) continued conference play with a matchup against Connecticut College (4-4, 1-1 NESCAC).
In the first set, Williams built a lead of 7-1 behind five kills and two service aces. Williams junior Erin Denham highlighted this run with three powerful kills. However, Connecticut College did not go away and tied the game up at 8-8 behind the serving of freshman Avery Light. The Ephs went on a four-point run and used this energy to never let the set get closer than two points for Williams to win 25-19.
The second set was played very closely with nine ties. Connecticut was leading 18-15 when Williams capitalized on an error, a kill by senior Mia Weinland, and a kill by senior Roxi Corbeil to tie the set at 18-18. Another error and two dominant kills by Roxi Corbeil and Mia Weinland pushed the Ephs to a lead of 21-19. This proved to be the spark needed for the Ephs to win 25-20.
The third set was tied at 8-8 when Connecticut went on a four-point run led by the serving of junior Grace McGee. It looked like Connecticut was going to pull away as they extended their lead to five points, but the Williams substitution of senior Morgan Richman and Roxi Corbeil closed the gap to three points. Williams freshman Lydia Kurtz and Erin Denham provided to be the other substitution needed for the Ephs to tie the set at 16-16. The ultimate momentum shift was a powerful kill by Mia Weinland to tie the score back at 19-19, and from there, the Ephs never looked back and coasted to a 25-19 victory. Connecticut was led by eight kills from Avery Light, twenty-eight assists by Grace McGee, and nine digs from Grace McGee, junior Dayna McCue, and sophomore Katie Howley. The Williams leaders were Erin Denham with thirteen kills, junior Alex Newton with thirty-one assists, and junior Daiana Takashima with thirteen digs.
Head coach, Christi Kelsey, explained, "It was a great match by our crew today! I was really proud of how our team rebounded from last night's match and refocused on improving today. Connecticut College had a really athletic group and did some strong things, but we kept our composure from point to point, executed well, and at times just flat out left our heart on the floor in certain rallies offensively and defensively. Our focus regardless of results is to keep getting better every day, and we have another opportunity to do that on Monday at practice to get ready for Hamilton next week!"
Williams is back in action at home on September 18th against Hamilton College at 7:00 P.M.