Hartford, CT – On Friday, October 12th, Williams College (11-7, 5-3 NESCAC) bounced back from a tough third set loss to secure the victory over conference opponent Trinity (9-7, 1-6 NESCAC).
Although Williams dropped a tough third set, they came out with enthusiasm and powerful swings. To break an 8-8 tie, Williams went on a six-point run behind two Trinity errors, a kill from Tess Richman, a kill from Mia Weinland, and two aces by junior Daiana Takashima's excellent serving. This was the exact momentum the Ephs needed to never let the set get closer than three points and win 25-19.
To break a 6-6 tie in the first set, Williams freshman Olivia Hindy had a dominating kill off of a quick set. This propelled Williams to take a three-point lead, but they were unable to string together a longer run. However, the Ephs were not discouraged and immediately bounced back after Trinity made some great plays. Williams began to run away with the set after a Trinity error, a kill from junior Erin Denham, and a kill from senior Tess Richman. To finish out the set, Erin Denham came up clutch with five powerful kills, and Trinity was highlighted by three kills from junior Colette Scheffers. Williams ultimately won 25-14.
Williams used the energy from the first set to stay focused and energized during the beginning of the second set. Although Trinity jumped to an early lead, the Ephs remained calm and maintained control. A four-point run was earned by three Trinity errors and an ace serve by senior Morgan Richman. Trinity tied the set at 18-18 behind a Williams error, an ace by sophomore Rebecca Chu, a kill by Colette Scheffers, and two kills from sophomore Jessica Yang. Williams responded by substituting in senior Mia Weinland and freshman Lydia Kurtz, and these two helped the Ephs refocus, recover, and win 25-22.
Trinity had Williams off their game in the beginning of the third set. Trinity built a lead of seven points by capitalizing on Williams errors and utilizing all attackers; Colette Scheffers led this barrage with two kills. Williams was determined to get back in the set, but it required a lot of patience and trusting each other. A powerful line shot by senior Roxi Corbeil shifted the momentum to the Ephs, and they went on a four-point run. However, Trinity rebounded, and it looked as though they were going to secure the set. Williams came storming back into the set and showed extreme grit by utilizing three errors, three kills by Olivia Hindy, and an ace by Morgan Richman to take a one-point lead. This was not enough as Trinity had too much confidence from the beginning of the set and coasted to a win of 25-21.
Trinity leaders were: Colette Scheffers with fourteen kills, Jessica Yang with thirty-seven assists, and Colette Scheffers with eighteen digs. Williams leaders were: Erin Denham and Mia Weinland with twelve kills, junior Alex Newton with thirty-six assists, and Daiana Takashima with seventeen digs.
Williams will travel to Amherst on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 P.M. for another conference matchup.