Game 1: Mount Ida vs. Suffolk
BOSTON, Mass. – Mount Ida was unable to put away the host Suffolk Rams in the first game of Saturday's tri-match and fell to the Rams 3-2. The Mustangs quickly grabbed the first two sets 25-22, 25-21, but Suffolk rallied back to take the final three sets 21-25, 23-25, 15-4. Reidy and Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, MA) led the Mustangs with 22 and 13 kills respectively.
The first two sets were dominated by the Mustangs as overpowered the Rams with consistent outside hitting and terrific setting from Bell. Bell racked up 51 assists on the day as she anchored the middle of the Mustangs attack. However, Mount Ida stalled in the third set as they were unable to put away a pesky Rams team. Hannah Fabiano's (Litchfield, NH) kill at 19-19 gave Suffolk the lead, which they would not relinquish as they battled to win the set.
Mount Ida was on the brink of victory in the fourth set, but the Mustangs were unable to get the critical point and Suffolk took the frame off a Kayla Barbera (Wakefield, RI) kill. The fifth set was all Suffolk as they took the first five points of the set and would eventually secure the the match win with a 15-4 win in the set. This was the first time in series history that Mount Ida and Suffolk went to a decisive fifth set. Mount Ida had a quick turnaround as they were schedule to take on the Framingham State Rams in the second game of the tri-match.
Game 2: Mount Ida vs. Framingham State
BOSTON, Mass. -- The Mustangs were able to bounce-back in the second game of the tri-match and take down the Framingham State Rams 3-1. Showing no signs of fatigue from their previous five-set match, Mount Ida quickly jumped on the Rams from the first set. Reidy led the Mustangs attack with 17 kills, while freshman Rachael Colombo (Wallkill, NY) added 8 kills and 6 digs.
Mount Ida was in command from the first set as they looked to jump ahead early in the match. The Rams continued to fight throughout the set as they looked to capitalize on any slip-ups by the Mustangs, but Mount Ida was able to come out with the victory 25-21. The second set went much like the first as the Mustangs battled back and forth with Framingham State, until three straight points off a Rams miss hit, a Bell service ace, and a Reidy kill gave the Mustangs a 25-17 victory.
The Rams were able to steal a set in the third as they won eight-straight points en route to a 25-18 victory. Mount Ida was able to rally back in the fourth set and take the match with a 25-20 fourth-set win. The Rams were led by Kelly Brinkman (Gardiner, NY) and Mackenzie Whalen (Norton, MA) who had 11 kills and 28 assists respectively. This match win pushes the Mustangs to 14-8 overall and 2-3 in GNAC competition, while the Rams falls to 6-14 overall and 2-1 in MASCAC play.
Mount Ida returns to action as they travel to Elms College for a non-conference match with the Blazers on Monday at 7:00pm.
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