Williams women win first-round match in NCAA volleyball tourney


WILLIAMSTOWN -- They played a tough, five-set match in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament last month. Today, Williams and Springfield will go at it again in the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Ephs closed out the competition by sweeping Southern Vermont 25-7, 25-12, 25-10.

Tori Jasuta, named this week the NESCAC rookie and player of the year, had 12 kills and 17 digs from her outside hitter position. All-NESCAC first-team pick Ryan Farley had 37 assists at setter. They were joined by opposite hitter Emily Doll on the first team and coach Christi Kelsey was named coach of the year.

They were also honored as All-New England by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Kelsey was named coach of the year, Jasuta rookie of the year, while Farley, Doll and Raea Rasmussen were also named to the team.

Springfield needed three sets to beat Baruch 25-18, 25-8, 27-25.

Whitney Miller led the way for Springfield with 35 assists, while Tessa Smolinski had 14 kills and added 12 digs.

In afternoon play, UMass Boston beat Wellesley 3-0 and Roger Williams downed St. Joseph's (L.I.) 3-0.

The Beacons defeated the Blue 28-24, 25-16, 25-18, overcoming a 9-20 deficit in the first set. Megan Pollock had 31 assists for UMass.

In the day's first match, Roger Williams won its first-ever NCAA tourney match, beating St. Joe's 25-13, 25-7, 25-13. Kristie Luczynski led Roger Williams with 11 kills and Nicole Weber had 19 assists.

Roger Williams and UMass Boston will play today in Chandler Gym at 2:30 p.m., while Williams and Springfield play at 5. The winners will battle Sunday at 3.

Southern Vermont 88, Williams men 87

NORTH ADAMS -- The third-ranked Williams men were outscored 8-1 in the final minute as the Mountaineers shocked the Ephs.

Daniel Wohl had a game-high 30 points to lead the Ephs, who dropped their opener. DeShawn Hamlet paced Southern Vermont with 19 points. Mike Mayer had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Ephs and freshman Duncan Robinon had 13 points.

Former St. Joseph's player Brandon Casella did not score in seven minutes for Southern Vermont.

Dickinson 88, MCLA men 49

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Dickinson went on a 9-0 run to open the first half and the Trailblazers never caught up.

John Jones had 15 points to lead the Trailblazers in their opener. Adam Honig had 22 points and was one of three Dickinson players to score in double figures.

Endicott 80, MCLA women 57

KEENE, N.H. -- The MCLA women were outscored by 27 points in the first half and were unable to make a second-half comeback.

Freshman Brayleigh Hanlon scored 14 points to lead the Trailblazers in their season opener. Mariah Brown added 10 and freshman Courtney McLaughlin of Pittsfield came off the bench to score eight points.

The Gulls advance to the Keene State Tournament title game thanks to a 15-point performace from Jennifer White.


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