Volleyball earns two wins

The Colby Women’s Volleyball Team opened NESCAC play this weekend with a pair of impressive 3-0 victories over Trinity College (0-2 NESCAC, 2-4 overall) and Wesleyan University (0-2 NESCAC, 3-3 overall). The Mules (2-0 NESCAC 5-3 overall) maintained their undefeated home record in the budding new season.
Colby began their weekend slate on Friday evening against Trinity in front of an exuberant home crowd. The first set featured outstanding volleyball from both teams with 17 ties throughout the set, the last knot being at 23-23. The Mules managed to win 25-23 thanks to Sarah Arvidson ’16 and Natalie Roy ’16. The team overcame an early deficit in the second set to tie it at 11-11. They took the lead permanently at 16-15 to take the set 25-20. Colby took control of what was to be the final set at 15-7 and weathered a late storm from the Bantams to win 25-22, punctuated by a match-winning ace from Erin Maidman ’19.
The Mules faced Wesleyan on Saturday and rode a balanced attack to another 3-0 victory. Arvidson paced the team with 10 kills, 13 digs, three blocks and two aces. Kim Donaldson ’16 and Karolina Serhan ’17 added nine kills each as they put the Cardinals to the sword with straightforward wins in the first two sets. Though they stumbled out of the gates in the third set, giving the visitors a six-point lead, they clawed their way back to a 10-10 tie, yet the Cardinals led by three late in the set. The Mules, again, displayed their resiliency when Kacie Wrean ’18 served five straight points to regain the lead and take the match.
The weekend’s victories leave Colby in good stead at the beginning of their fall campaign. The team began the season inauspiciously with a 3-1 loss to St. Joseph’s College but rebounded with wins over Wellesley College and Brandeis University at the Brandeis Tournament last Friday. However, they lost their next two matches to Scranton University and Babson College which led to a drop to 2-3. Since then, the Mules have won three straight, including this weekend’s wins. They hope to carry that momentum into next week’s NESCAC matchup against Bates College and non-conference meetings with Rivier College and Roger Williams University.
The Mules are led by seniors Donaldson, Roy and Arvidson, who will look to utilize their experience and diverse talents to guide the team to the postseason. Colby also returns last season’s assist leader in Emily Moslener ’18, key outside hitter Hannah Insuik ’17, and middle blocker Alexa Busser ’17. Freshmen Paige Hanssen, Isa Berzansky, Brooke Detwiler, Molly Manuel, Camilla Thomassen-Tai, and Maidman will look to contribute as the season progresses.