WESTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College fended off a 1-0 deficit and came back to beat Regis 3-1 in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's volleyball match on Wednesday evening at Higgins Court. The Mustangs leveled their GNAC record to 2-2 by beating the Pride with scores of 16-25, 29-27, 26-24 and 25-9.
Sydney Trusty (Durham, Conn.) had 11 kills and 10 digs, Crystina Lathrop (Houston, Texas) and Nicole Connelly (San Mateo, Calif.) shared match-high honors each with 15 digs for Regis, who honored Trusty, Haley Schulte (Fullerton, Calif.), Nicole Connolly, Crystina Lathrop, Courtney Mosher (Taunton, Mass.) and Shay Faber (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) as they celebrated Senior Night.
The Pride (7-12, 3-2 GNAC) looked to create some separation near the top of the GNAC table but were unable to sustain a dominant set one performance. The Pride looked prime to take a two-set lead after holding a 20-15 advantage in set two, but Colombo's kill and two service aces spearheaded five straight points to tie the set. MacKenzie Emco (Sutton, Mass.) tied the set twice during extra points but it was another Colombo kill that sealed the win and evened the match.
Set two saw the Mustangs lead 14-10 midway through the set and then later 20-14 after a Hanna Simpkins (Walpole, N.H.) kill. This time is was the Pride's turn to rally, running off four straight points capped by block assists from Schulte and Emco. Regis would never be able to tie or take the lead though and fell 26-24.
The fourth and what proved to be the final set was all Mount Ida. An 8-0 run early in the set highlighted by a pair kills and a block from Colombo quickly ended matters and sealed the win for the Mustangs.
Sophomore Lex Bell (Salem, Conn.) had 38 assists and 11 digs for her fifth consecutive double-double. Simpkins added eight kills and Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) had nine kills and 11 digs.
Colombo served five aces for Mount Ida, and Cassidy Bechtle (Henniker, N.H.) added three aces off the bench.
With its home schedule in the rearview mirror, the Pride visit Anna Maria on Saturday for a trimatch with Saint Joseph's (CT) and the host AMCATS.Mount Ida next visits Suffolk this Saturday for a trimatch against the host Rams and Framingham State.
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