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Herons soar past Raptors to grab conference win

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  • Kyle Evans 

The William Smith College volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 conference victory over Bard College this afternoon on the road. The Herons move to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in conference play while the Raptors fall to 10-16 overall with a 0-8 mark in the Liberty League. With the win, William Smith officially clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season.

Leading the way for the Herons was sophomore Malya Sayre with 13 kills, hitting .135 through three sets. Sayre added 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomores Jaylynn McCarthy (.080) and Hope Von Dohlen (.286) chipped in six kills each in the sweep of the Raptors.

William Smith combined for 35 kills compared to Bard’s 19 and held an edge in hitting percentage, hitting .145 as a team compared to the Raptors .022.

MATCH MOMENTS:

  • William Smith came out strong in the opening set, putting down 11 kills compared to Bard’s three. The Herons kept the Raptors to a -.094 hitting percentage to grab a 25-17 win in set one.
  • William Smith showed strong from the service line in set two, collecting five aces compared to the Raptors zero. Junior Elaina Wamhoffrecorded three aces in the set while sophomores Kenyce Johnson and Jaylynn McCarthy chipped in one each to lead William Smith to a dominating 25-14 win in set two.
  • The Herons produced their best offensive performance of the afternoon in the final set, putting down 12 kills and only four errors, hitting .250 as a team. Sayre led William Smith with four kills in the final set as the Herons completed the conference sweep with a 25-18 win in the third.

MATCH STATS:

  • Sayre led the Herons with 13 kills (.135), followed by McCarthy (.080) and Von Dohlen (.286) with six. First-year Lindsay Umlauf chipped in four kills (.333) in the sweep.
  • Junior setter Elaina Wamhoff recorded 27 assists, seven digs, three service aces, three blocks and three kills (.083) in the win.
  • First-year Maysie Malinaric compiled a team-leading 16 digs, while Sayre chipped in 10. Wamhoff and sophomore Cydney Fernandezeach added seven.
  • William Smith dominated from the service line, recording 14 aces compared to Bard’s four. Johnson and Fernandez led the team with four service aces each while Wamhoff added three.
  • The Herons held an 8-1 advantage in blocks through three sets and were led by Umlauf with five. Wamhoff and Hunt chipped in three apiece.

COACHES CORNER:

“This was a huge weekend for us,” said Head Coach Derryk Williams. “We needed two wins, and we took care of business. Everyone performed their role at a super high level and I’m really proud of them! We are now on to RIT, and we are ready for the challenge ahead.”

UP NEXT:

William Smith will be back in action Wednesday, Oct. 25, when it welcomes RIT to Geneva for its conference regular season finale. First serve between the Herons and the Tigers is set for 6 p.m. in Bristol Gymnasium. William Smith will be hosting its first ever “Breast Cancer Awareness Game” against RIT.