WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College volleyball team is off to a 5-0 start to the season for the first time since the glory year of 2005 after the Mules took a tough 3-1 win over Hamilton College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
The Mules started the season 9-0 overall in 2005 when Colby went 37-4, won the NESCAC title, the New England Region title, and made the NCAA final eight.
Colby is 1-0 in the conference and will get a big test this Wednesday when Bowdoin College comes to the Whitmore/Mitchell court for a 7 p.m. non-conference match. The league match between the two rivals will take place later in the season. The Polar Bears are 7-0 overall and 2-0 in league play after wins against Amherst College and Trinity College this weekend.
Hamilton fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Continentals came into the match with a lot of momentum after a big 3-1 win at Bates College on Friday night.
Lily-Kramlich Taylor (Sacramento, Caif.) finished with 13 kills, including a 6-for-6 effort in the first set, and added three blocks for the Mules. Kate Bellerose (West Newton, Mass.) added 12 kills, while Natalie Roy (Los Altos, Calif.) had 11 kills and 26 defensive digs.
Colby had nice all-around matches from setter Kate Pleasants (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Maggie Taylor (Washington, D.C.). Pleasants had 38 assists, 18 digs, five kills, and three aces. Taylor chipped in seven kills, 17 digs, three aces, and two blocks. The Mules also received 22 digs from Emily Varni (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), 14 digs from Ellie Linden (Andover, Conn.), and eight kills and two blocks by Kim Donaldson (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Brenna Corrigan (Ramsey, N.J.) led the Continentals with 16 kills and 21 digs, while teammate Blaire Frett (Evanston, Ill.) finished with 13 kills and four blocks. Amanda Cohen (Port Washington, N.Y.) had 10 kills, Allison Martella (Washington, D.C.) contributed seven kills and four blocks, and Anna Brown (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had 20 digs. Emma Lonadier (Rochester, N.Y.) dished 25 assists and Sarah Pfund (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) added 22 assists.