Volleyball poised for playoffs

The Colby volleyball team will be preparing for the NESCAC playoffs this week after qualifying as the seventh seed. Despite losing to Bowdoin on Friday, the Mules (4-6 NESCAC, 14-11 overall) are still alive and will look to make a deep run in the tournament. They will travel down to Williamstown, MA on Friday, November 6 for their first round matchup against Williams.
The Mules were already assured a playoff spot as they went into their final game of the regular season at home against league leader Bowdoin. Bragging rights were still on the line, though, as Colby had a chance to win the CBB following their win over Bates in September. The Polar Bears got control early in the first set, going up 21-18, but the Mules came roaring back with three straight points to tie it up. The teams battled back and forth until the visitors finally ended the set 27-25.
The second set proved to be close as well, with the hosts ratcheting up the pressure to force the Polar Bears into seven errors. Colby held late leads at 21-20 and 22-21, but was unable to push further out in front. Bowdoin rallied to finish off the set at 25-22. The Mules played well early on in the third set, holding a slim 11-10 lead at one point, but could not stop the away side from taking control with a six-point lead at 17-11. The Mules were able to fight back to within five points on multiple occasions, but the deficit proved to be too great and the set ended 25-19.
In spite of the loss to their traditional rival, the team can take plenty of positives out of the match. Outside hitter Natalie Roy ’16 and middle blocker Karolina Serhan ’17 each registered eight kills, Serhan finishing with an outstanding kill percentage of .571. Setter Emily Moslener ’18 led the team with 16 assists, while defensive specialist Erin Maidman ’19 chipped in with a game-high 17 digs.
The Mules will head to Williamstown with an appetite for revenge after suffering a 3-0 away defeat to Williams on October 3. The loss to Bowdoin is the only blemish on what has been an exciting run for a Colby team that won six consecutive matches in ten days, highlighted by a 3-2 home win over Hamilton. The team will look to carry that momentum into Friday’s tilt with the mindset that they have a real chance to pull an upset and extend their season.

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