Williamstown, MA – To celebrate senior day, all five Williams College (10-7, 4-3 NESCAC) seniors started and played against opponent Bates College (7-5, 2-4 NESCAC). This dynamic proved to be what the Ephs needed to defeat the Bobcats in three sets.
For the first play of the first set, Williams senior Mia Weinland powered down a cross-court kill assisted by her fellow senior Roxi Corbeil. Not only did the dominating kill establish the play for the day, but it was also the special on-court celebration between the two seniors that got the Ephs fired up. Bates went on a four-point run led by a kill from junior Taylor Stafford-Smith, an ace, and two errors, but Williams was not discouraged and fought to get back into the set. The momentum shift for Williams was a powerful kill from Roxi Corbeil. From this, Williams knotted up the score and forged ahead for the duration of the set, ultimately winning 25-20.
In the second set, the Ephs came out swinging and went on a six-point run behind two errors, an ace by sophomore Allison Frison, a kill by Mia Weinland, and two kills from junior Erin Denham. This energetic play was all the Ephs needed to continue to build on as the set never got closer than four points. In this set, Bates was led by four kills from sophomore Ruby Lightbourn. Williams was victorious with a score of 25-20.
The third set began with multiple long rallies of which Williams came out on top, quickly building the confidence needed to cruise through the rest of the set. The Ephs built a lead of 10-1 behind five errors, an ace, and four kills. These dynamic plays created even more lively ones and brought the Ephs together to maintain control and surge to a third set victory 25-19. Bates leaders were: Taylor Stafford-Smith with ten kills, junior Julia Panepinto with twenty-nine assists, and junior Gabi Eustache with twenty digs. Williams leaders were: Mia Weinland with thirteen kills, junior Alex Newton with nineteen assists, and junior Daiana Takashima with twelve digs.
Regarding the afternoon's play, head coach Christi Kelsey remarked, "Even though it's early in the season still, it was nice to be able to send our five seniors out with a really good showing, and Bates is a strong team. We executed really well today, and I am really proud of our entire group, especially the seniors because they set a great example for our team. For them to put together a great match today was really special."
Williams will play next at Trinity at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, October 12th and at 1:00 P.M. at Amherst on Saturday, October 13th.