Nov. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Williams Athletics

MEDFORD, Mass. -
The Williams College volleyball team (22-8) advanced to round two of the NCAA Regional Tournament after defeating Emerson College in three sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-16). The Ephs are set to take on the winner of the match between UMass Boston and Westfield State in the semi-finals on Friday.

The Ephs got off to a slow start today, allowing the Lions to gain an early lead at the top of the first set. The Lions maintained a steady lead over the Ephs until the game reached 17-14. The Ephs reversed their momentum and came back to overpower the other team 25-22.

Game one would prove to be the closest set between the two teams, as the strength of the Ephs came back with a vengeance. Leading the Ephs in kills in this match was junior Eleanor Levine, who tallied nine total kills and contributed two service aces. Fellow junior Kate Anderson came in close second, yielding eight kills.

"I thought we started off a little slow, but give a lot of credit to Emerson," said head coach Christi Kelsey. "They're a very solid team. It took us a full set to get into our system, and finally we just got a little bit cleaner and a little bit sharper and we were fortunate enough at the end with our ball control to pull it out. But Emerson had a great year and hats off to them for being into the NCAA Tournament."

Rounding out the outstanding stats for the Ephs was junior setter Emily Avis, whose 30 assists and 12 digs pushed the team toward victory.

Competition continues tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm.