Amherst, MA – Williams College (11-8, 5-4 NESCAC) faced Amherst College (14-3, 6-2 NESCAC) on Saturday, October 13th. Amherst used the victory from a tightly played third set to defeat Williams in four sets.
The third set was a battle between the two teams until Williams went on a five-point run led by the intelligent serving of junior Daiana Takashima. Amherst then went on a four-point run led by the serving of freshman Skyleur Savage and used this to seize the lead. The set was intense, and the dynamic kills and aces by both teams was thrilling to watch. Down the stretch, Amherst used powerful kills from sophomore Daria Kim-Percy to come out on top 25-21.
The beginning of the first set was played evenly between Williams and Amherst. A 12-12 tie was broken by Amherst as they went on a six-point run resulting from two Williams errors, two kills from junior Cameron Hendricks, a block by Cameron Hendricks, and a kill from sophomore Jamie Dailey. Powerful kills from Williams junior Erin Denham and senior Morgan Richman turned some momentum towards the Ephs, but they were unable to close the gap. Amherst won the set 25-20.
For the second set, Williams came ready to play and quickly asserted dominant play. Two kills from Erin Denham and an Amherst error rallied the Ephs together. From here, Williams built on this momentum to never let Amherst take the lead. A five-point Williams run gave the Ephs the lead of 18-9 and was led by an error, a kill from senior Tess Richman, a kill from senior Mia Weinland, a solo block by Mia Weinland, and a block by Tess Richman and fellow senior Roxi Corbeil. This propelled the Ephs to the victory 25-19.
For the fourth set, Amherst built on the momentum from the third set and started off by capitalizing on three Williams errors, a kill by Daria Kim-Percy, and two kills by freshman Sophie Launsbach. Williams was highlighted by five dominating kills from Mia Weinland, but Amherst had a large enough lead to coast throughout the rest of the set to the victory of 25-16.
Amherst leaders were junior Emily Kolsky with fourteen kills, junior Charlotte Duran with forty-one assists, and Skyleur Savage and senior Hayes Honea with thirteen digs apiece. Williams leaders were Mia Weinland with seventeen kills, junior Alex Newton with forty-nine assists, and Daiana Takashima with seventeen digs.
Head coach Christi Kelsey remarked, "There were some really great moments today. I thought we did an outstanding job particularly in the second set of making some adjustments and having everybody rebound to square the match at one set apiece."
On Friday, October 19th, Williams travels to MIT to begin the New England Challenge tournament and opens play against MIT at 7:00 P.M.