Road struggles persist: Women’s Volleyball falls at Bowdoin and Tufts in tough league matchups

After earning their first win of the season against the University of New England on Tuesday, the Colby Women’s Volleyball team lost the following two games against NESCAC rivals. On Friday, the Mules, who are 0-2 NESCAC and 1-5 overall, travelled to nearby Brunswick, ME to take on the Bowdoin College Polar Bears, who are 2-0 NESCAC and 5-2 overall. Colby struggled in the first set and dropped it 13- 25. Setter Emily Moslener ’18 helped Colby take a 10-5 lead with one of the team’s 13 kills in the second set. Colby extended their lead to 16-11 after a kill from Nicole Petherbridge ’20. However, the Polar Bears came back to tie 20-20 and won five of the next seven points to take the set. In the third set, a series of attack errors from the Mules and back to back kills from Bowdoin’s Caroline Flaharty set Colby back 1-7 early on. Eventually, Colby fell 11-25 to give Bowdoin the match 3-0. Paige Hanssen ’19 led the Mules with 11 kills and 12 digs. Moslener also added 11 digs and 19 assists while Petherbridge finished with six kills and a pair of blocks for the Mules. Elizabeth Middlebrook ’21 added four kills and 10 digs.

The next day, the Mules went on the road again to Medford, Massachusetts to take on Tufts University, who are 2-0 NESCAC and 5-1 overall. Despite Hanssen leading the Mules with 12 kills and hitting almost 26 percent, Colby dropped the match 3-0. The Jumbos won the first two sets comfortably with a score of 25- 13 in both. In the third set, the Mules battled to stay in it, holding Tufts to an 11-11 tie with a kill from Hanssen, but lost again 17-25. Hanssen also contributed seven digs and one service ace. Moslener finished with 13 assists and Erin Maidman ’19 added 10 digs for Colby.

The Mules will be on the road again this upcoming week, with an out of conference game with St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine on September 19th. St Joseph’s is 5-6 overall. On Friday, Colby will jump back into NESCAC play this Friday, Sept. 22 as they take on Bates College, which is 0-2 NESCAC and 3-5 overall, in Lewiston, ME.

This year, Colby is led by Hanssen, Maidman, Petherbridge, and Moslener who are all returning from last year’s squad. Kate Wincek ’18 is returning to the starting line after battling season-ending injuries last year. The Mules will look to setters Molly Manuel ’19 and Mae Sefransky ’20 to make big plays. Kacie Wrean ’18, Eliza Liebler ’18, and Katie Devine ’19 are also returning, adding depth to the team. Six first year players joined the team this year and are looking to see time on the court.