BOSTON, Mas. -- The Mustangs picked up their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) win of the year as sophomore setter Lex Bell (Salem, Conn.) broke a program record with 50 assists in a five-set win over the Saints, the first win against Emmanuel in seven tries for Mount Ida.
Score: Mount Ida College - 3, Emmanuel College – 2 (25-11, 19-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12)
Records: Mount Ida Mustangs (11-7, 1-2 GNAC), Emmanuel Saints (4-10, 3-2 GNAC)
Mount Ida dominated the opening set, hitting .310 as a team en route to a 25-11 win. The Saints answered with a strong second set to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-19 win, forcing the Mustangs into 10 hitting errors while only making two on their side of the net. Ida bounced back and took a close third frame by a 25-23 score despite a late run by the Saints. Emmanuel trailed 19-14 in the fourth set before going on an 11-2 run to close the frame with a 25-21 win to force the decisive fifth set. In the final frame, Emmanuel led 12-8 before the Mustangs rattled off seven consecutive points to win the match with a 15-12 fifth set score.
Bell, who already held the previous record for assists in a five-set match (44), now breaks the previous total record of 49, which was actually in a four-set match, held by Taylor Davis in 2015.
Ida senior Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) posted a team-high 19 kills to go along with 15 digs while freshman outside hitter Rachael Colombo (Wallkill, N.Y.) recorded 14 kills and 17 digs. Junior Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) also posted a double-double with 18 digs and 10 kills.
In the second match of the tri-match, a non-conference affair, the Mustangs improved to 12-7 overall by outlasting Dean in five sets (22-25, 25-13, 25-19, 23-25, 18-16).
Bell nearly matched her impressive performance with 45 assists to go with 10 service aces and 20 digs, while Reidy had nine kills and Colombo and freshman Julia Pelland (Brockton, Mass.) had eight kills apiece. Emily Stagnaro (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) turned in 19 digs, and Keri Fang (Arcadia, Calif.) had a strong showing with six kills, three aces and ten digs.
Mount Ida continues GNAC play on October 4th as they head to Regis for a 7:00 pm match.
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. www.mountida.edu