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The Ephs with their NESCAC championship plaque last week

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The Eph volleyball team has just defeated Springfield, 3-0, to advance to tomorrow’s 7 p.m. NCAA regional final against the winner of tonight’s contest between Tufts and Wellesley. The regional championship game will be webcast on Jumbocast.

If you follow volleyball, you may remember that Williams had an upset victory against #1-seeded Tufts to advance to their NESCAC championship game against Amherst last week. Williams will once again be playing at Tufts so, if you are in the Boston area, try to make it out to support the team. A loud fan section seems to make a big difference in volleyball.

Other Williams NCAA events this weekend: the Ephs host the men and the women in the New England Division III regional cross country meets on Sat. and on Sun. Williams hosts round 2 of the women’s soccer tournament. 

Go Ephs!

Volleyball Update: In the regional finals, Williams will face Wellesley, the winners of a persistent, hard-fought 3-2 semifinal victory over Tufts. Small, but scrappy, Wellesley came into the tournament on an at-large bid, while Tufts had been a powerhouse and was playing on their home court. To get to the finals, the Wellesley team had to play 10 matches (two five-set games), while Williams played a total of six. Hard to know which will dominate on Wellesley’s part tomorrow: the exhaustion or the exhilaration. Tomorrow’s winners will play in the Elite 8 at Illinois Wesleyan. Go Ephs!

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#1 Comment By aparent On November 15, 2008 @ 12:50 am

Thanks for all the updates, larry — they’re (and you’re) much appreciated.

#2 Comment By JeffZ On November 15, 2008 @ 10:06 am

Congrats to the Ephs! Incredible turnaround this season, they are now beating, in some cases handily, teams who pounded them earilier in the season. Something obviously really clicked late in the season for this group.

In other Eph action of note today, Williams new basketball coach Mike Maker has a very tough debut, on the road against a strong Keene State team. Videocast of the game (3:00 P.M.) is available via Keene’s teamline site.

#3 Comment By David Kane On November 15, 2008 @ 10:27 am

Speaking of basketball, here is the season preview article. Strangest aspect is the almost zero discussion that Marcus Wells ’12 gets. Is the best high school guard in San Francisco someone who will merely “compete for playing time?” I predict that Wells will do a lot more than that.

#4 Comment By JeffZ On November 15, 2008 @ 10:54 am

Hard to make those projections based on high school credentials. Wells played in a small-school league against a very low level of competition. It’s not even clear he was the first or even second best point guard Paulsen recruited (one kid decided to go to a Div I school after Paulsen quit, and there is another good frosh point guard recruit as well). He could end up starting by the end of the year; he also might not be in the rotation — impossible to project either way. I’ve only heard of two guys in my time following the Ephs who, based on hype they received during recruiting, sounded like sure-fire big time players as frosh, and both went on to be all americans. I don’t think the Ephs have had a recruit like that for some time now.

#5 Comment By JeffZ On November 15, 2008 @ 11:03 am

Oh, and as an addendum, also difficult to know the effect of a coaching change on how certain players will do — certain guys who would have been better suited for Paulsen’s system will be better suited for Maker’s, and vice versa. Maker claims his system is a mix of the Princeton and WVU offense, which is very entertaining to watch when it works, but takes a lot of practice to attain the necessary precision. Thus, he might really favor experienced guys who have played together for awhile.

#6 Comment By lgeorge On November 15, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

A complicated changeover is hard to put in place with such a short preseason. Let’s hope that they don’t get demoralized if the roll out is a bit slow. Sometimes it takes a good bit of time to settle in — look at volleyball (although injuries played a big role there).

It has been raining but about 60 degrees in Williamstown. I hope the runners have been getting through the course without injury and that the meet is going well. It’s quite an undertaking for the athletic department, and they have tomorrow’s soccer on their plate as well.

Being a big fan of the women’s soccer team, I’m also hoping for a dry field, decent temperature, and no wind tomorrow for the Round 2 play.

#7 Comment By JeffZ On November 15, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

One more athletic note today: for the first time in I believe a very long time, men’s soccer missed the NCAA’s. However, Eph alum Erin Sullivan ’96 is coaching Western New England against a talented Lord Jeffs squad in the first round. It would be great to see him lead his team to an upset victory!

#8 Comment By Larry George On November 15, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

Go Ephs (including WNE ones)!

#9 Comment By lgeorge On November 16, 2008 @ 11:03 am

Amherst and WNE went 0-0 in regular play but Amherst won it on PKs and advances to play St. Lawrence. Could have gone either way, and kudos to Erin Sullivan ’96 and his guys for giving the very good Lord Jeffs team a nail-biter run for their money.