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Mustangs Start Season as ENC Tourney Runners-Up

Mustangs Start Season as ENC Tourney Runners-Up

QUINCY, Mass. -- Mount Ida College women's volleyball won their first three games of the 2017 season to reach the championship game of the Eastern Nazarene College Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions, who Mount Ida had defeated 3-1 on the opening day of play, took their home tournament title with a 3-2 win in the final, but the Mustangs are 3-1 on the season after sweeping Newbury 3-0 in the first game of the year Friday, and beating Salem State 3-0 to start play on Saturday.

Senior Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) and sophomore Emily Stagnaro (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Reidy averaged 3.47 kills per set, while Stagnaro racked up 41 digs in the first weekend of the season.

Day 1: Mount Ida 3, Newbury 0; Mount Ida 3, Eastern Nazarene 1

The Mustangs opened their season with a 25-17, 25-12 and 25-19 win over the Nighthawks, led by eight kills and five service aces from freshman Rachael Colombo (Wallkill, N.Y.) and eight kills and four aces from Reidy.

Sophomore Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) put up 22 assists, and junior Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) led the way with 11 digs.

In the nightcap, Mount Ida nipped Eastern Nazarene 25-23 in the opening set. The Lions tied the match with a 25-21 win of their own, but the Mustangs closed out the win easily with 25-15 and 25-12 victories.

Reidy led the way with 16 kills and 11 digs, while Colombo had her first double-digit game with 11 kills. Walton added six kills and 12 digs, Stagnaro had a team-high 14 digs, and Bell was also a double-double contributor with 37 assists and 11 digs.

Day 2: Mount Ida 3, Salem State 0; Eastern Nazarene 3, Mount Ida 2

Mount Ida took the first match in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-21. 

Katherine Eastwood (Amityville, N.Y.) had ten digs and four service aces, while Reidy added 15 more kills and Colombo went for ten kills herself. Bell posted 33 assists and 11 digs for her second straight double-double performance.

In the championship game of the tournament, Eastern Nazarene returned the favor to the Mustangs, though Mount Ida once again took a lead with a 25-16 opening set win. The Lions took set two 25-22, but Mount Ida won by an identical score to move one set away from victory. It was not to be, however, as Eastern Nazarene took the fourth set 25-21 and edged the Mustangs 15-13 in the decisive fifth game.

Reidy turned in 15 more kills and 15 digs. Stagnaro (19 digs) and Bell (18 digs, 37 assists) were outstanding again defensively, and Colombo was once more in double-figures with 10 kills of her own. 

Hanna Simpkins (Walpole, N.H.) pitched in with five kills and two service aces in the five-set match.

The Mustangs are back in action on September 5th when they head to Becker for a 7:00 PM game.


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Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success.  The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees.