LEWISTON, Maine -- Erin Denham and Ally Ostrow combined for 39 kills, including 21 in the final two sets, as Williams College came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Bates College volleyball team 3-2 (19-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-10) Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.
Bates (7-8, 1-5 NESCAC) suffered its second 3-2 NESCAC loss in less than 24 hours. The Bobcats will host Bowdoin Tuesday at 7pm in another NESCAC match.
Williams (7-9, 3-4 NESCAC) won its second straight NESCAC match and returns home for its final six regular-season matches.
The Ephs struggled in the first two sets, attacking at a .091 rate in the first and at .129 in the second. They regrouped in the third with a match-high .421 attack percentage, pulling away from a 15-15 tie with six straight points on Daiana Takashima's service, including back-to-back aces. Denham's kill made it 24-18 and Roxi Corbeil's kill clinched the set.
Williams again pulled away from a 15-15 tie in the fourth set with Takashima serving, getting three straight kills from Denham for an 18-15 lead. Denham posted three more kills, including the set clincher, as the Ephs reached 25 points and tied the match 2-2.
Ostrow came up big in the fifth set with five kills and nine digs, while Denham added four kills. Takashima served for five straight points, with two more aces, midway through for a 9-4 lead Bates couldn't surmount. Ostrow's kill ended the match.
Angel Echipue led Bates with 13 kills and no attack errors on 28 attempts (.464), to go with six blocks. Taylor Stafford-Smith added 12 kills and Ruby Lightbourn posted nine kills and three aces. Setter Jacqueline Forney totaled 45 assists with 13 digs, four blocks and two kills, and Gabi Eustache posted a match- and career-high 42 digs.
Denham finished with 20 kills in just four sets of work for Williams, attacking at a .292 percentage. Ostrow added 19 kills, attacking at a .386 clip, to go with 23 digs. Corbeil added 13 kills and 10 digs. Takashima led the Ephs with 28 digs in addition to six service aces.