BEVERLY, Mass. --- Colby College volleyball head coach Candice Parent won her 300th career match after the Mules took a 3-0 win against Smith College, but the day ended tough with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Endicott College in the MIT Invitational.
Parent is 300-249 in her career at Colby. She has the Mules off to their best start since the 2005 team went 9-0 to start the year and went on to make the NCAA Division III Tournament final eight. The 2005 team also won New England and NESCAC titles.
In the victory over Smith, senior co-captain Maggie Taylor had 10 killls, nine defensive digs, and two service aces. Kim Donaldson chipped in with eight kills and a team-best six aces. Lily Kramlich-Taylor added seven kills, Kate Pleasants dished 34 assists, and senior co-captain Emily Varni had 16 digs. Varni was named to the all-tournament team.
The Mules, playing on Endicott's home floor, fell 25-22, 16-25, 27-25, 24-26, 18-16. Natalie Roy finished with 12 kills, 22 digs, and three aces. Varni had five aces and 29 digs, Pleasants had 50 assists and 14 digs, Kramlich-Taylor tied Roy with 12 kills, Taylor had 10 kills, 24 digs, and three aces. The Mules also received nine kills from Donaldson and 14 digs by Anna Clifford.