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NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida's offense struggled to get going as the Mustangs opened conference play on Wednesday night, hosting Rivier University at Mount Ida Athletic Center. The visiting Raiders flexed their muscles in route to a 3-set sweep of the Mustangs, and picked up their second conference win in the process.

Senior Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass) paced the offense for the Mustangs, racking up 5 kills and a service ace in the loss. Freshmen Rachel Colombo (Wallkill, N.Y.) tallied 6 kills and 3 digs.

On the other side of the ball, sophomore Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) led the Mustangs with 14 digs in the losing effort. Bell also tallied a majority of the teams' total assists, completing 17 out of the 21 total assists by Mount Ida College.

Sophomore Taylor Dunster (Sutton, Mass.) led the way for the Raiders on the offensive end by tallying up a game high 13 kills on the night. Junior Hayley Macken (Clifton Park, N.Y.) also added 6 kills as well, and added an impressive game-high of 27 assists.

Mustangs move to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in conference after the loss while Rivier moves to 9-3 on the season and 2-0 in the GNAC.

The Mustangs return to action Friday as they host New England College in non-conference play. Rivier University host Suffolk in their next match on Saturday at 11:00 AM

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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.