Volleyball loses in tight contest

m fell to Williams College in a tightly contested match this past weekend. The Mules played hard the entire game, but came up short in each set. Coming off a tough matchup against Bowdoin on September 30, in which the Mules took a 3-0 loss, the team looked to improve and turn their recent troubles around. In combination with their 3-0 loss to Amherst last Wednesday, it seemed as though the team had entered a bit of a slump; however, the inspired play of this weekend amidst a loss dispelled any and all notions that their high ranking was undeserved.
The Colby Women’s volleyball team currently sits at 7-7 and is ranked fourteenth overall in New England. They certainly proved their worth with each passing set against Williams this weekend. In the first set, Colby fell 25-20 despite great defensive play from Natalie Roy ’16 and Erin Maidman ’19, who each finished with 11 defensive digs. A late surge by the Mules wasn’t enough and the Ephs took a 1-0 lead. Colby battled back and traded points for the majority of the second set until Williams pulled away towards the end and took the set 25-21. Kim Donaldson ’16 played well, recording 12 kills alongside two service aces which earned her an attack percentage of .360. Donaldson has made her presence known all season long, consistently leading the way offensively for the Mules. Colby spread the ball well throughout the game, but particularly in the third set. Emily Moslener ’18 and Molly Manuel ’19 each contributed to the inspired play seen late in the match. Moslener finished with 16 assists and Manuel finished with 12 assists. The selfless play helped Colby inch closer to victory before they fell short 25-22 in the final set.
The gradual improvement in each set showed the resilience of the young team. Manuel verified the team’s gradual improvement: “We played a good game and fought hard. We definitely picked up our level of play from the night beforehand.” Manuel is one of the many freshmen who contributes to the team on a daily basis. With such passionate and motivated play from their young roster, the future looks bright for the Mules. They’ve played well against many difficult opponents this year, earning wins against Trinity, Wesleyan, and Bates. After their hard-fought match this weekend, the team looks ready to resume their winning ways.
With their 3-2 NESCAC record so far, the Colby Women’s volleyball team has put themselves in a good position going forward in the season. They have two important interleague matchups this week against rivals Connecticut College and Tufts. They will head to New London, Connecticut this Friday to face the Camels, and then look to take down the Jumbos in Medford, Mass. on Saturday.

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