BRUNSWICK, Maine – The third-seeded Amherst College women's volleyball team fell to second-seeded Williams College, 3-2 (25-21, 32-34, 21-25, 25-21, 17-15) in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC Championship Semifinal thriller at Morrell Gymnasium on the campus of top-seeded Bowdoin College.
- Amherst was led by Maggie Danner '17 who tied for the match high with 20 kills, and Marialexa Natsis '18 and Nicole Gould '17 who tabbed 11 kills each.
- Nicole Carter '16 paced the Purple & White attack with 50 assists, while Katie Warshaw '16 led the Amherst defensive efforts with 30 digs. Kelci Keeno '17 followed with 15 digs, while Lizzie Ahern '16 and Asha Walker '18 registered 13 and 10 digs respectively.
- Carter finished with a solo block and three assisted blocks, while Danner added two solo blocks and two assisted stuffs. Gould added a pair of solo blocks, while Natsis and Samantha Newby '16 assisted on a pair of stops at the net each.
- Ally Ostrow led the Williams charge with 20 kills, tying Danner for the match high. Tori Jasuta followed with 19 kills, and Katherine Lane finished with 13 for the Ephs.
- Ryan Farley paced the offense with 58 helpers, while Jasuta also contributed immensely on defense with a match-high 32 digs. Caitie Benell added 25 digs, while Ostrow amassed 22.
- In a back-and-forth contest throughout, Williams clinched the first set, 25-21, before the Purple & White rallied with wins in the next two frames by scores of 34-32 and 25-21.
- In the pivotal fourth stanza, the Ephs held a slim, 19-16 edge before Amherst used back-to-back kills by Danner and Hayes Honea '19 to pull to within one at 19-18. Williams responded with a 4-0 run highlighted by kills from Farley and Shelby Fisher, and two from Jasuta to stake a 23-18 advantage. A kill by Danner, and an assisted block by Ahern and Newby helped Amherst score the next three points to pull the Purple & White to within 23-21, but a kill by Morgan Richman, and service ace from Ostrow allowed the Ephs to claim the fourth set, 25-21 and force a deciding fifth session.
- In set five, Amherst ran out to a 6-3 lead, but the advantage quickly evaporated as Williams scored three straight points even the frame at 6-6. From there, the sides played to seven more ties and a 15-15 score, with neither team holding more than a two-point edge. The Ephs went ahead, 16-15 on a Purple & White handling error, and then Jasuta floored her 19th kill of the contest to send Williams to its third straight NESCAC title match.
- Amherst awaits a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The NCAA selection show will take place Monday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.
- If selected, the Purple & White will be making its seventh national tournament appearance, and first since 2010.
- Williams will take on top-seeded Bowdoin at 12 p.m. at Morrell Gymnasium.