Senior outside hitter Catherine Egan's 13 kills leads the Williams College Women's Volleyball team over Wesleyan University 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-20) at Silloway Gym on Oct. 30. The win improves the Ephs overall record to 15-9 and 7-2 in the NESCAC, while the loss drops the Cardinals to 5-14, and 1-8 in conference play.
The first set was tied at 10-10 before Williams went on a 10-5 run to take a 20-15 lead, forcing a Cardinals timeout. After the stoppage the Ephs took five of the next nine points to hold off the home team 25-19.
Williams lead the second set from wire to wire. The Ephs jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Wesleyan made the score 6-10 with a 6-5 spurt. But Williams extended their lead to 20-10 with a 10-4 run in response and finished the set 25-19.
The Cardinals showed life in the final frame by taking an early 3-0 lead. Wesleyan extended the lead to 12-8 by keeping up their pressure. The Cardinals continued to look strong when Madeleine Lundberg finished a pass from Kelsey Tam to take an 18-12 advantage. But Williams would battle back by taking seven straight points to take the lead 19-18. The Cardinals would scratch two more points on the board, but the Ephs took the third and final set 25-20.
Wesleyan was led by Sarah Swenson's eight kills, three block assists and three digs. Lundberg added four kills and 12 digs. Tam had 11 assists, and Heidi Western finished with eight assists in the loss. Rachel Savage finished with 10 digs. The Cardinals hit .109 as a team with 22 kills and 12 errors.
To go along with her 13 kills, Egan added seven digs, a block assist and a service ace. Junior Tori Jasuta chipped in 10 kills and 14 digs. Ryan Farley had 10 digs and five kills, and assisted on 34 of the Ephs 46 kills. Williams hit .252 as a team with only 18 errors.
Williams now leads the all-time series 46-8 and will take on Trinity on Saturday Oct 31 in their regular season finale. The Ephs currently sit in the fourth position in the NESCAC tournament. Wesleyan finishes their season that same day when Amherst comes to Middletown.