Volleyball drops the ball

The Colby volleyball team suffered a league loss to Hamilton College on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Mules lost by set scores of 25-23, 25-13, and 25-18.

The first set started  smoothly, with  senior Emily Moslener ’18 leading the Mules in an impressive run of five points by getting four points straight off of serves. Unfortunately, the Continentals were able to end that run with a kill from Giuliana Rankin.  The set ended with an attack error by the Mules, making the final score a close 25-23.

Colby looked for a strong start in the second set, and achieved this through a combination of attack errors by Hamilton and kills from Kate Wincek ’18 and Nicole Petherbridge ’20. A five kill run by the Continentals early 5-4 lead. Despite kills from Elizabeth Middlebrook ’21, the Mules were not able to close the gap and eventually lost the set by a larger margin 25-13.

The Mules started off the third set with a sustained  determination to win, keeping the score to a close 14-12. However, the Continentals pulled away once again to make the score 22-13. The Mules struggled to catch up and suffered many errors, eventually losing the third and final set by a score of 25-18.

Although the Mules suffered this setback, several players stood out throughout the match. Paige Hanssen ’19 led the Mules with nine kills, two aces, and two blocks. Middlebrook added six kills, Moslener had four aces, and Erin Maidman ’19 had 10 digs.

Members of the volleyball team expressed their feelings that their full potential has yet to be reached. They hope to finish their season by reaching that potential. Senior Captain Erin Maidman ’19 expressed her high expectations for what’s to come by saying, “The season isn’t over yet. For us the difference between a win and a loss is execution. I believe that we can figure that out in the time that we have left in the season.”

First Year standout Middlebrook had this to say of the game, “Our energy, drive and talent is there, but we are hoping to find the piece of the puzzle that puts it all together in practice this week and implement it during our games on Friday and Saturday. The team is filled with a great group of girls and we all want to win for each other and for the school.”

The Mules will finish their regular season with home games against Wesleyan University and Connecticut College this Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., respectively.