NEW LONDON, Conn. --- The Colby College volleyball team heads back to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs for a second straight year Friday when the eighth-seeded Mules play at top-seeded Connecticut College.
The Mules (13-12 overall) and the Camels (22-2) will play a quarterfinal match at 5 p.m. Friday. The other three quarterfinal matches, the semifinals, and championship match will all be held at Connecticut College. Colby's quarterfinal match will be Webcast at: http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/events/2012/11/02/vb-nescac-qtr-finals-colby-connecticut-college/
First-year outside hitter Natalie Roy leads Colby with 240 total kills, ranks second in service aces (37 total), and is third in defensive digs (311). She also is first on the team in receiving percentage (.959) and serve percentage (.947).
Kim Donaldson, another first-year player, is second in kills (181) and leads the Mules in blocks (61). Senior co-captain Maggie Taylor is third on the team in kills (165), third in service aces (30), and second in digs (347). Fellow co-captain Emily Varni leads the Mules in digs (386) and aces (54). Colby setter Kate Pleasants has 719 assists this season and 1,829 for her career.
Connecticut College has won 12 straight matches since falling 3-1 at Tufts University on September 28. The only other loss for the Camels was 3-1 at home to Williams College. Conn College took a 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-22) win against Colby in the regular season.
While Colby won the NESCAC ttle in 2005, the Camels are looking for their first-ever appearance in the title match. Katie Ketchum leads the NESCAC in assists per set (10.20) and Rachel Schroff is first in the league in kills per set (3.37).
NESCAC Volleyball Championships
at Connecticut College, Nov. 2-4
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Connecticut College, 5 p.m.
No. 7 Trinity vs. No. 2 Middlebury, 5 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts vs. No. 3 Bowdoin, 8 p.m.
No. 5 Williams vs. No. 4 Amherst, 8 p.m.
Colby/Conn College winner vs. Williams/Amherst winner, 1 p.m.
Trinity/Middlebury winner vs. Tufts/Bowdoin winner, 3:30 p.m.
Semifinal winners, noon