Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College volleyball team fell, 3-1, to the Williams College Ephs on Friday night in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match in Hartford. The Bantams, who celebrated senior co-captains Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and Hanna Engstrom (Hopkinton, Mass.) before the match as part of Senior Night, fall to 9-7 on the year and 1-6 in conference play. The Ephs improve to 11-7 overall and 5-3 in NESCAC action. Trinity returns to the court tomorrow for a doubleheader with conference opponent Hamilton and Lesley College.
Junior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) led all players with 14 kills while Underwood also finished in double-digits with ten. Underwood also had a match-best four aces while sophomore Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) paced the Bantams with 37 assists. Scheffers also led the team with 18 digs while Underwood finished with 16.
Williams was led by Mia Weinland and Eric Denham who each recorded 12 kills on the evening. Alex Newton led the Ephs with 36 assists while Tess Richman, Morgan Richman and Daiana Takashima all finished with a pair of aces.
The Ephs cruised in the first set, coming away with a 25-14 win to go up, 1-0. Williams hit .243 as a team while the Bantams committed six attack errors in the set. The second set proved closer, but Williams ended up with a 25-22 victory to take a 2-0 lead after two sets. The Bantams went down, 17-13, before rattling off four straight points to come back, however the Ephs finished the set on a 7-5 run to come away with the set win.
The Third set saw Trinity jump out to a 13-6 lead after back-to-back kills from Scheffers and junior Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.), prompting Williams to take a timeout. A 7-0 run by the visitors saw them jump out to a 20-19 lead, but Trinity came back with a 6-1 run to cap off the victory.
In set four, both sides traded points with Williams climbing ahead, 9-8. A 10-5 run by the Ephs gave them a commanding, 19-13, advantage as they eventually clinched the match on consecutive kills from Mia Weinland.