|Williams Volleyball Opens with Pair of Wins|
|11:03PM / Friday, September 07, 2018|
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Williams College women's volleyball team opened its season Friday with a double-header on the first day of the Union College Invitational.
Williams faced Ramapo College (1-2) and Union College (2-4) and came away with two wins.
Williams came ready to play and earned the sweep against Ramapo with set scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-19. Behind the strong serving of junior, Alex Newton, and sophomore, Allison Frison, the Ephs came out swinging and never looked back to take the first two games. Although the third game started out slow, the Ephs quickly found energy behind Allison Frison’s powerful serving and secured the sweep. Against Ramapo, the Ephs had an attack percentage of .344 and nine service aces.
Against Union, Williams was looking to build on the victory from the first match, and the Ephs were able to do just that with set scores of 25-20, 25-18, and 25-14. In the first game, a decisive block by freshman, Olivia Hindy, and senior, Roxi Corbeil, pushed the score to 19-17 and was the boost needed to claim the victory. In the second game, the substitution of Morgan Richman provided the spark needed for the Ephs to coast to the second win, and the Ephs built on this momentum to win the last game. In this match, the Ephs had an attack percentage of .462 and four total blocks.
“It was a great opening night for our team with both matches. I thought we did some different things well against each of the teams," Williams coach Christi Kelsey said. "There was lots of good execution on our skills across the board as well as just overall great focus and energy from our entire group.
"I want to make sure I give credit to all 17 of our players tonight even though everyone did not set foot on the court today. We’ve had a great start to our preseason, and everyone has contributed in big ways each and every day in practice to help us improve and get better. I’m really proud of this group for the start of our season, and I’m excited to see what happens as we go forward.”
The Ephs continue play Saturday with matches against St. Michael’s College and Skidmore College.