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Volleyball Kicks Off Fall Fest With Tri-Match Victory

Volleyball Kicks Off Fall Fest With Tri-Match Victory

 NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College women's volleyball team won both ends of a non-conference tri-match on Friday evening, kicking off Fall Fest Weekend on campus with a 3-0 win over New England College and a 3-1 win over Lesley University.

Game 1: Mount Ida 3, New England College 0

The Mustangs swept the Pilgrims by scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-22, led by ten kills apiece from Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) and Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.).

Serving was one of the keys to victory for Mount Ida, as they aced the visitors 13 times, including five aces from sophomore setter Lex Bell (Salem, Conn.), who also put racked up 33 assists and had a team-high nine digs.

Reidy served four aces, and Hanna Simpkins (Walpole, N.H.) had two aces and four kills in the victory. Fellow freshmen Julia Pelland (Brockton, Mass.) and Rachael Colombo (Walkill, N.Y.) turned in five kills each, with Pelland in on two block assists.

Kaitlyn Walker (Cottonwood, Calif.) and Angela Davis (Springfield, Mass.) had four kills apiece for the Pilgrims, who got a game-high 12 digs from junior libero Meaghan Six (Manchester, N.H.) and 11 assists out of freshman setter Gabryella Serrano (Bridgewater, Mass.).

Game 3: Mount Ida 3, Lesley 1

Mount Ida took the opening set 25-20 but Lesley tied the match with a 25-16 win in the second set. The Mustangs took care of business, beating the Lynx 25-22 and 28-26 in the final two sets to claim the win.

Reidy had 15 kills and 31 digs to lead all players, while Bell assisted on 41 points. Sophomore Katherine Eastwood (Amityville, N.Y.) had 14 digs in the win, and Rachael Colombo (Walkill, N.Y.) put forth a ten-kill effort.

For the Lynx, Anni Abbruzzese (Croton-Hudson, N.Y.) paced the offense with 14 kills, helping Tallin Goldberg to a 34 assist night.

Kaylee Deluga (Dennis, Mass.) went for a double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs, and Cassidy Wygonik added 11 kills in a losing effort.


Game Two: Lesley 3, New England College 1

After dropping the first set 25-12, Lesley (5-6) came from set point down to take the second set 27-25 before seizing the match with a 25-13 win in set three and sealed the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth.

The two headed attack of Wygonik (14 kills) and Deluga (15 kills) paced the Lynx, along with 37 assists from Goldberg.

Deluga had a double-double with 16 digs, while Abbruzzese led all players with 20 digs, along with seven service aces and nine kills.

Six had a team-high 18 digs for the Pilgrims (5-10), who got nine kills from Dreka Griffin (Calera, Ala.). Kayleigh MacDougall (Farmington, N.H.) added 12 digs and five kills, while Serrano posted 15 assists and four service aces in the defeat.

Mount Ida is home again for their next two matches, beginning on Monday evening when they host Fisher at 6:00 PM.


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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.