Williams outlasts Springfield in five-set thriller for trip to regional final
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams improved to 27-4 on the year with its win on Saturday, while Springfield finished the season at 26-6.
Williams carried its winning momentum to the fifth set, with Emily Doll and Katherine Lane battling for the first few points. After a huge tandem block by Ryan Farley and Lane, the 6-4 score pressured the Pride to call the first time out. Williams quickly won the battle to eight, thanks to flying saves by Farley. Both teams fought intensely, with Springfield's Crismani and Smolinski breaking past Eph defenses. The score reached the closest point at 11-10, Williams, but the Ephs denied the Pride's attempts to gain lead. Lane scored the final point with a quick middle hit, ending the set 15-11.
Williams head coach Christi Kelsey commented on the battle with the Pride, "Springfield's a tremendous team... but for us to gun it out in such a way, it makes me proud of these young women." senior captain Emily Doll said, "Volleyball is a game of highs and lows."
Setter Ryan Farley, when asked where the win came from, said, "We really just came together...that's what wins games for us, the team."