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Mustangs Take First Match Against Falcons, Fall to Cadets

Mustangs Take First Match Against Falcons, Fall to Cadets

NORTHFIELD, V.T. -- The Mount Ida women's volleyball team split tri-match action with Great Northeast Athletic Conference foes Norwich and Albertus on Friday night at Andrews Hall. 

Game 1: Mount Ida 3, Albertus Magnus 0

The first set between the Mustangs and Falcons saw a number of mini-runs by both team, with neither being able to take a dominant lead. Sophomore Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) was up to serve with a 20-17 lead and helped to lead Mount Ida to the 25-17 victory, capped off by kills from Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.).

Second set action would see back and forth action as both teams would stay within three points of one another. Junior Kaitlyn Guibbini (Newark, Calif.) finished off the set for the Mustangs with a service ace for the 28-26 victory. 

Mount Ida continued to fire on all cylinders in the third set, putting the Falcons on their heels with an early run. Two huge serves from Reidy put the Mustangs up 17-12, but the Falcons continued to fight and brought the score to 24-22. Bell and Walton were able to hook up once again for the final score, taking the set 25-22 and the match in straight sets. 

Game 2: Norwich 3, Mount Ida 0

Mount Ida struggled to find the offensive consistency they had in the first match of the night. First set action saw the Mustangs fight back from an early deficit. Three straight kills from Walton tied the score at 13 all. The Cadets would push the score to 23-19 before a block from Hannah Simpkins (Walpole, N.H.) and Reidy looked to invigorate the Mustangs, but Norwich was able to take the set 25-20. 

The second set was filled with terrific action from both teams. A number of key serves from Bell helped the Mustangs take a 14-11 lead after Ida fell behind early. The Mustangs had a chance to win the match serving at 24-23, but struggled to put away the Cadets. Both teams would trade points, but Norwich was able to take the set 31-29 following two Mount Ida attack errors. 

After an emotional and draining second set, Mount Ida struggled to gain momentum in the third set with Norwich taking an early 16-12 lead. Two big blocks from Julia Pelland (Brockton, Mass.), Walton, and Reidy looked to give the Mustangs some energy and cut the lead to 18-17. Mount Ida continued to fight for points against a strong Cadets frontline, but were unable to take a lead in the set and ultimately fell 25-21 and 3-0 in the match. 

Mount Ida (18-10, 5-5 GNAC) will return to action Tuesday when they return home to take on Salem St. at 6:00pm.

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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.  www.mountida.edu