Volleyball looking for first win

The Colby Volleyball team began their season at the MIT invitational on September 9. One week and eight matches later, the Mules have yet to spike home a win. An 0-4 performance in tournament play at MIT against Roger Williams (3-1), Redlands (3-1), Wellesley (3-1), and Babson (3-0) can be excused for summer rust. But the winless squad has continued to dig itself into a deeper hole.

The Mules started off their 2016 NESCAC season against Bowdoin on September 13. The Polar Bears promptly won the first two sets (25-14, 25-18). Colby, looking to give the home crowd something to cheer about, fought hard in the third set. Unfortunately, the Polar Bears stymied the Mules, winning 25-23 and the 3-0 match sweep. Despite Colby’s lethargic offense, Paige Hanssen `19 tallied ten kills and a triplet of aces.

Three days later, the Mules traveled down to Connecticut College looking for their first win. Coming off a third set loss to Bowdoin, Colby contested the Camel’s strikes. Down 19-13 in the first set, the Mules showed fortitude and cut the margin to two (23-21).

Unfortunately, a quick kill and service ace allowed the Camels to take the first set from the surging Mules, who kept pace in the second.  Leading 14-10, Colby looked to capture their first NESCAC set. However, despite a 21-20 lead, the Mules faltered under pressure, giving up five of the next seven points, and losing 25-23.  The Mules onset signs of deflation were clearly expressed in the third set as the Camels coasted to a 25-13 set and match victory. Despite the sweep, Colby showed signs of progress. Elizabeth Noyes `17 had a match high of 14 defensive digs and Hanssen finished with a team high of seven kills.

Records are not always representative of a team’s skill, and this is true for the volleyball team. After losing 3-1 to Regis on the 17th, the Mules faced the unbeaten River University (11-0).  Colby fell to an early 0-1 set deficit (17-25), but the squad spiked back hard, taking the next two (25-18, 26-24). Trailing 22-24 in the third, the Mules looked to co-Captain Karolina Serhan `17 for answers, as she scored back-to-back aces in a four-point streak.  Despite Serhan’s 14 and Hansen’s 19 kills, the Mules offense struggled in the fourth set, as River University flowed to an easy 25-13 set win.  The resurgent Mules showed life in the fifth,  and wound up tied 12-12, desperate for their first season victory. Unfortunately, the opposing team finished the Mules off with three straight points leaving the Mules empty handed.

Although it has been a tough start to the season, Colby has only played two NESCAC matches and have shown that they can compete with anybody. The Mules will face the Bates Bobcats (2-5) this Friday, a team that is also winless against NESCAC opponents.

Leave a Reply