|Katie Kim's career-high 14 kills helped the Jumbos edge the Ephs|
MEDFORD – Junior Katie Kim turned in a career-high 14 kills and senior Mary Maccabee added 13 kills as the Tufts volleyball team started off NESCAC play by topping Williams, 3-1, in Cousens Gym on Friday night. The Jumbos turned in a massive 18 blocks on the evening with Kim finishing with six and senior McKenzie Humann added six of her own.
With the win the Jumbos move to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in NESCAC play. Williams falls to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in NESCAC games.
Things were close in the first set until the Jumbos scored seven straight points behind the serve of freshman Kelly Klimo to take a 15-7 lead. Though the Ephs would manage a point here and there, the deficit was too much to overcome and the Jumbos cruised to a 25-11 first set win.
The second set was completely opposite as the two teams traded points the entire set with the score being tied 12 times during the set, and no team ever leading by more than three points. With the score locked at 23, Maccabee turned in a kill and a service ace by junior co-captain Alex Garrett sealed the 25-23 win for the Jumbos.
The Ephs refused to go down easy, and were able to win the third set. Things were close early and tied at 12 before the Ephs scored four points to take a 16-12 lead that the Jumbos were not able to overcome. The third set went to the visitors, 25-22.
The Jumbos got back on track in the fourth set, taking an early and maintaining that early lead for the entire set. At one point the Jumbos led by as many as ten points, 14-4 before taking the 25-14 win to secure the 3-1 match victory.
Kim and Maccabee were the offensive leaders with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Freshman Christina Nwankpa added nine kills as did senior co-captain Elizabeth Ahrens. Kim also finished with one solo block and five block assists. Humann also tallied a solo block and five block assists. Rookie Kelly Klimo led the Jumbos defensively with 19 digs while Garrett added ten. The setting duties were taken care of by sophomore Angela Yu and freshman Rachel Furash, who finished with 27 and 18 assists, respectively.
For the Ephs Tori Jasuta was the offensive leader with ten kills, and Nica Kovalcik added eight. Jasuta added 13 digs to her night and Ally Ostrow added 13 digs to the defensive efforts. Alex Newton and Roxi Corbeil ran the offensive, as Newton tallied 14 assists and Corbeil finished with 15.
The Ephs will now make the trip up to Bowdoin for a 2 pm start with the Polar Bears on Saturday. The Jumbos are back in action on Saturday as well as they host Amherst for a 2 pm start.