Volleyball defeated by Middlebury and Hamilton, finish 0-10

The Colby volleyball team finished its season this past weekend with home matches against the Hamilton Continentals and the Middlebury Panthers. Colby lost both matches to finish 5-24 on the season and 0-10 in league play. Both of these losses came on the back of a mid-week, non-conference loss to Maine Maritime Academy.

Colby fell to the Mariners by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday, October 26. While the Mules won the second set by a score of 25-20, they weren’t able to score more than 20 points in any of the other sets. Karolina Serhan ’17 had a solid game, finishing with 10 kills and three blocks. Paige Hanssen ’19 had a strong performance as well with eight kills and seven digs for the Mules.

In the match against Middlebury, the Panthers enjoyed a significant height advantage over the Mules to drive home a win in three straight sets. Middlebury is the best blocking team in the league, and it showed on Friday night as they won by set scores of 25-15, 25-21, 25-15. Colby’s only lead of the match came in the third set when they were up 6-4 early in the set. After that, however, Middlebury locked in their play: winning nine of the next 12 points. Colby fell behind 19-10 before eventually losing the match on a service ace from Middlebury. The Mules were able to keep the match close early in the set before the height and strength of the Middlebury players forced them to pull away.

In their final match of the season, the Mules lost an absolute heartbreaker to the Hamilton Continentals. After dropping the first set by a score of 25-12, the Mules made some adjustments before the second set, and were able to turn the tables on their opponents and win by a score of 25-16. Colby kept up the momentum in the third set, again winning by a score of 25-19. After dropping the fourth set, Colby played a great fifth set. It was looking as though Colby was going to pick up its first NESCAC win of the season, but then after having a match point in the fifth set, Colby ultimately lost by a final score of 19-17. The Mules got big afternoons out of Hanssen who finished the game with 17 kills and five service aces. Furthermore, Alexa Busser ’17 and Serhan also both had strong performances in their final performances for the Mules, with Busser having 10 kills and four blocks, and Serhan having nine kills of her own.

The Mules will say goodbye to some of their seniors who have had productive four-year careers and build on some solid play from younger players for the 2017 season.

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