Sep 20, 2014
WATERVILLE, Maine ---After falling in a tough third set for the second straight day, the Colby College volleyball team battled back this time to take a 3-2 victory over Connecticut College in NESCAC play at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Mules won by scores of 13-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-22, 15-10.
After Connecticut College coasted to a 25-13 win in the first set, the Mules (7-3 overall, 1-1 NESCAC) pulled out a tight 25-23 win in the second set to stay alive in the match. After giving up two straight points to make it 24-23, Colby received a break on a service error by the Camels.
The Mules lost 27-25 to Tufts in the third set Friday night and took an even tougher 28-26 setback to Connecticut College. Colby had leads of 24-23 and 25-24, but the Camels hung tough to take a 2-1 set lead.
Connecticut College appeared to be on the way to victory with a 14-12 lead in the fourth set and some momentum, but Colby refused to give up and went up 22-18 on a Kim Donaldson winner. The Camels got as close as 22-21, but the Mules came off a timeout and scored three of the next four points to close out the set.
Colby led from start to finish in the fifth set, taking an early 4-1 lead. The Mules were up 8-4 when the Camels scored three straight points to cut the margin to one. Donaldson had a blast off Connecticut College's blockers for a point to make it 9-7 and then Natalie Roy had two straight aces on lob serves for an 11-7 margin. The big block of the day for Colby went to Sarah Arvidson and Karolina Serhan for a winner and a 13-8 margin.
Donaldson finished with 15 kills and five blocks to lead Colby. Serhan added 11 kills and seven blocks, while Roy had 36 digs and three service aces. Emily Moslener finished with 39 assists, 13 digs, and three aces. Arvidson also had 11 kills and added 20 digs.
Sam Hunter finished with a match-high 20 kills and added 10 digs for the Camels (3-6 overall, 1-1 NESCAC). Caroliine Martin added 11 kills and 21 digs, while Ella Johnson and Alex McDevitt each had nine kills. Connecticut College setter Emily Arterbury had 36 assists and 10 digs. Cailyn Straubel led the way in digs with 27.