Volleyball shows strong indivual performances in Pennsylvania tourney

Playing eight games in eight days would tire any athlete out. However, the volleyball team stayed strong through their grueling schedule, playing NESCAC rivals Bowdoin and Tufts before playing Gordon, Scranton, Catholic, DeSales, and Swarthmore. Valiant effort in each contest attests to the strong will of the Mules.

The string of games began on the road at Bowdoin on October 14. Bowdoin jumped out to a lead by taking the first set 25-13, but Colby played great defense and slowly climbed back into the game. Despite losing the second set, Colby sensed a turning point after their third set victory by a score of 25-23. Bowdoin, however, gained a second wind and won the match in the fourth set.

Colby moved on to prepare for their doubleheader on October 15 against Tufts and Gordon. Some of Colby’s momentum from the end of their game against Bowdoin showed in their first game against Tufts. After dropping the first set 25-14, Colby rebounded with a defining win in the second set by the mark of 25-23. Tufts countered with a dominating third set and then finished the game with a win in the fourth set.

Colby did not let their late game woes perturb them as they went on to play their best game of the weekend against Gordon. After four tight sets, the match was decided in favor of the Mules. Colby set the tone early by winning the first two sets by a score of 25-23. Gordon recovered by winning the third set by a slim margin of three points. The Mules did not let that stop them as they won the fourth set 25-23. Seniors Alexa Busser ’17 and Karolina Serhan ’17 both displayed exemplary talent and skill throughout the weekend on their way to victory. The progress of the team over the course of the weekend showcased the fight and resilience this specific squad of Mules has carried with them in every matchup this season.

Colby took a break over the week and prepared for back-to-back doubleheaders this past weekend. The team travelled to Pennsylvania to take on a collection of non-conference opponents. Despite two close sets to open the game, Colby could not pull it together in the third set losing to Scranton to start their Saturday doubleheader. Colby rallied to play one of their tightest games of the year. The Mules dropped the first of the three sets 25-20. The ensuing two sets would be decided by a margin of two points each as Catholic took both by the score of 26-24.

Stout defense by the Mules boded well for their doubleheader on the next day. Colby maintained their moxie in their game against DeSales. The first set was decided by the same margin of two points in a 26-24 set and the second by a score of 25-20. Colby recovered in their third set, winning it 25-23, but dropped the fourth set to lose the match. Colby went on to drop their first set against Swarthmore, but then played the tightest set of any of their games. Back and forth play resulted in a 28-26 loss and eventually Swarthmore overcame the persistent Mules to win the match in the third set.

Seven difficult games tested the drive of Colby’s Women’s Volleyball team. The team is excited at the opportunity to bounce back this week against Maine Maritime, whom they’ve previously beaten this season, before finishing the season against NESCAC rivals Middlebury and Hamilton.  Bolstered by numerous strong indivudal performances, surely their determined play will pay off as the Mules look to finish their season strong.

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