Bloomington, IL – Williams (7-3) faced Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (10-7) and Millikin University (7-6) for an out of region matchup at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.
For the first match, Williams faced Rose-Hulman. The first set was played very closely, but timely kills from the Ephs down the stretch proved to be the spark needed. Kills from junior Erin Denham and senior Roxi Corbeil and only four total team errors helped propel the Ephs to win 25-23.
In the second set, the Ephs were ready to build on the play from the first set, and they did just that. The first set performance was followed up with more powerful kills from both teams. Rose-Hulman did not go away, and this set was also played very tightly. The Ephs came out on top with a win of 25-18.
Williams was looking to end the match in the third set. Another great set was played with hustle plays and powerful kills from both sides. Things got interesting near the end, but the Ephs had sixteen kills in this set which proved to be the momentum needed to win 25-22. In this match, Rose-Hulman leaders were junior Katie Orbeta with eight kills, Katie Orbeta with twenty-two assists, and senior Marissa Gollnick with sixteen digs. Williams leaders were Roxi Corbeil with fourteen kills, junior Alex Newton with thirty-four assists, and Erin Denham with eighteen digs.
For the second match of the evening, Williams played Millikin University. The Ephs were looking to build on the win from the first match. Millikin came out ready to serve, and behind the powerful arms of junior Kelsey McAtee and junior Rose Syversen, Millikin built a lead of 13-3. This provided to be the spark Millikin needed to win 25-11. In this set, Williams was led with three kills by Erin Denham.
In the second set, the mighty serving of Millikin freshman Maddie Sielski pushed Millikin to a lead of 10-0. The serving of Williams junior Daiana Takashima provided a slight run for the Ephs, but the momentum had shifted in Millikin's favor for Millikin to win 25-11.
Williams was not going away in the third set. The serving of Eph junior Natalie Albright pushed the Ephs to a lead of 6-2. Williams was able to extend the lead to 10-6, but the forceful serving of Millikin's Maddie Sielski tied the set and shifted the energy to Millikin. Millikin then went on a three-point run, and this provided to be all that was needed for Millikin to win 25-20. From this match, Millikin leaders were senior Emily Seegmiller with nine kills, Rose Syversen with thirty assists, and sophomore Alyssa Vignos with nine digs. For Williams, Roxi Corbeil had six kills, Alex Newton had fourteen assists, and Erin Denham and senior Morgan Richman each had four digs.
The Ephs play next on September 22nd against University of Chicago at 10:30 CDT and Illinois Wesleyan University at 3:30 EDT.