Women's volleyball falls to No. 23 Williams
Williams College's Tori Jasuta '17 finished with nine kills, four aces and 10 digs and the nationally ranked No. 23 Ephs swept the Hamilton College Continentals in three straight sets in a NESCAC match at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Oct. 11.
Williams (16-2 overall, 6-0 NESCAC) had won 12 straight matches before the Ephs fell in five sets at SUNY New Paltz on Oct. 9. Williams rebounded nicely and won by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-20.
Ryan Farley '16 was credited with 25 assists and served three aces for the Ephs. Claire Miller '15 added five kills and Mandy Schott '15 helped lead the defense with eight digs.
Courtney Somerville '16 hammered seven kills and had two blocks for the Continentals (3-13, 0-5). Jessica Weston '17 smacked five kills and ended up with two blocks. Sarah Pfund '14 passed out 20 assists and Anna Brown '15 led all players with 15 digs. Emma Lonadier '15 chipped in nine digs.
In the first set, Williams led 7-4 early but Hamilton rallied with five straight points for a 9-7 advantage. The Ephs responded with an 8-0 run on Jasuta's serve. The Continentals climbed back to within 21-19 but Williams posted four points in a row and clinched the set.
The first half of the second set was very close with three tie scores and no more than three points separating the teams. The Ephs were clinging to an 11-10 lead when they took command by recording eight of the next nine points for a 19-11 cushion. An ace by Katherine Lane '16 closed out the 11-point decision.
Farley served Williams to a 4-0 lead and the Ephs never trailed in the third and final set. Hamilton clawed to within one point on no less than seven occasions, including 21-20 late in the set. Williams ended the night with a 4-0 run, including a ball-handling error by the Continentals on match point.
Hamilton hosts Amherst College for another NESCAC match on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Ephs travel to Middlebury College for more conference action on Saturday as well.