Williamstown, MA – For Friday, October 5th's matchup, Williams College (9-7, 3-3 NESCAC) utilized a bounce back third set to defeat Colby College (5-9, 0-5 NESCAC) in four sets.
Williams surged to an early 9-4 lead behind junior Daiana Takashima's excellent serving. Two kills by Williams senior Mia Weinland and one by senior Roxi Corbeil further extended this lead to 12-7. From here, the Ephs kept their foot on the gas pedal and cruised to a victory of 25-9 behind dynamic digs, kills, blocks, and aces. Colby was led by one kill from sophomore Elizabeth Middlebrook and one kill from senior Paige Hanssen.
Colby came ready to play in the second set and utilized four kills from Paige Hanssen, a kill from senior Molly Manuel, three errors, and ace to build a lead of 9-1. Daiana Takashima's serves again gave the Ephs some momentum, but Williams was unable to muster more than a few points for a given run. It was looking as though Colby was going to run away with the set when Williams junior Alex Newton stepped back to the service line. Her serves provided the energy needed for Williams to mount a comeback led by two errors, an ace, and a kill from sophomore Anna Wise. This effort brought Williams within three points of Colby, but Colby's lead was too great as they cruised to win 25-19, led by seven kills from Paige Hanssen.
In the third set, Williams was determined to bounce back and did just that. A kill from Alex Newton, two kills from Roxi Corbeil, and two kills from junior Erin Denham quickly established the level of play the Ephs needed to be at. Williams freshman Olivia Hindy contributed a powerful kill that further built on the Williams energy, and from this, the Ephs were focused and not discouraged after Colby made some runs. Colby was highlighted by kills from Paige Hanssen, Elizabeth Middlebrook, and junior Nicole Petherbridge. Williams won this set 25-21.
For the fourth set, the Ephs were looking to close out the match and were able to do so by jumping out to an early lead. A dynamic kill by Mia Weinland and a double block by Roxi Corbeil and senior Tess Richman were the energy boosters the Ephs needed to advance their lead 14-10. From here, the set never got closer than three points, and Williams won 25-18. Colby leaders were: Paige Hanssen with twelve kills, Molly Manuel with twenty-seven assists, and senior Erin Maidman with sixteen digs. Williams leaders were: Erin Denham with twelve kills, Alex Newton with thirty-two assists, and Alex Newton with fifteen digs.
Head coach Christi Kelsey described, "It was a good conference win for us. There were some really good things especially in the first set. We had some moments where Colby started to push back, but I liked how we responded and picked up our execution. Bates will be another tough match tomorrow, but we are excited for another opportunity to play!"
Williams College will face Bates at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 6th to conclude regular season home play.