WATERVILLE, Maine --- Natalie Roy (Los Altos, Calif.) had a big debut for the Colby College volleyball team and junior setter Kate Pleasants (Virginia Beach, Va.) also had a big night to lift the Mules to easy 3-0 wins over University of Maine at Farmington and Gordon College on Friday in the Colby Invitational.
Colby (2-0 overall) and UMF (1-1) played the first competition of any kind on the new Whitmore/Mitchell Court at Wadsworth Gymnasium. The old court was damaged due to flooding. The Mules are back in action Saturday at 10 a.m. against Simmons College and then meet Maine Maritime Academy at 2 p.m.
The Mules took a 25-17, 25-17, 25-6 win against UMF and then coasted to a 25-6, 25-21, 25-9 win over Gordon.
Roy shined in both matches, with team-highs of seven kills and nine defensive digs in just two sets against the Beavers. She served 11 straight points at one point in the third set. Roy also had team-highs of nine kills, 10 digs, and three aces against Gordon.
First-year Kim Donaldson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added six kills and four blocks in the win against UMF, while Pleasants was steady with 21 assists and seven digs. Lily Kramlich-Taylor (Sacramento, Calif.) added five kills in two sets and Maggie Taylor (Washington, D.C.) also finished with five kills.
Pleasants added 26 assists and six digs in the win over Gordon. Kramlich-Taylor, who had a pair of blocks, and Kate Bellerose (West Newton, Mass.) both had five kills. Taylor finished with seven digs and two aces.
Joy Kimmel (Madison, Conn.) led Gordon (3-2) with 22 assists, while Lauren Kranyak (Locust Grove, Va.) and Jessica Burdick (Brewerton, N.Y.) both had four kills. Keri Hustus (Eastford, Conn.) had 15 digs and one ace, while Shannon Peterson (West Simsbury, Conn.) added six digs.
Simmons took a 3-1 win against Maine Maritime Academy (1-2) in the other match Friday. Simmons (3-3) won 25-18, 25-12, 24-26, 25-18.