Newcomers help volleyball win own invite

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 8, 2012

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The first weekend of play for first-year Colby College volleyball players Natalie Roy (Los Altos, Calif.) and Kim Donaldson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) could not have gone better as the pair both made the all-tournament team in leading the Mules to the Colby Invitational title on Saturday.
Colby is 4-0 overall after taking a tough 3-2 win over Simmons College and a 3-0 victory against Maine Maritime Academy.
Roy had 14 kills, nine defensive digs, and three service aces in the 25-23, 25-9, 21-25, 19-2, 15-12 win against Simmons. Maggie Taylor (Washington, D.C.) also had 14 kills, 15 digs, and two aces for the winners. Donaldson led the way in blocks (6) and finished with 10 kills, Kate Pleasants (Virginia Beach, Va.) dished 44 assists, and Emily Varni (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tied a team-high with 15 digs.
In the 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 win against Maine Maritime, Lily Kramlich-Taylor (Sacramento, Calif.) led the Mules with 11 kills. Roy (7 digs) and Donaldson (3 blocks, 2 aces) each had nine kills. Plesants added 23 assists and nine digs, Varni had 13 digs and three aces, Taylor had nine digs in two games, and Kate Bellerose (West Newton, Mass.) finished with three blocks and four kills.
Raeann Nesta of Simmons was named the tourney's Most Oustanding Player. Whitney Walls of University of Maine at Farmington, Melissa Lail of Maine Maritime, Lauren Kranyak of Gordon, and Rachel Dufault of Simmons were also on the all-tournament team.
In the other matches Saturday, Gordon took a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-14, 25-15) over Maine-Farmington. Maine Maritime notched a 26-24, 25-23, 25-16 win against Gordon, and Simmons won 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-23) over UMF.

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