NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida women's volleyball celebrated their "Dig Pink" night with a 3-0 straight set win over the visiting Salem State Viking on Tuesday night at the Mount Ida Athletic Center. The Mustangs move to 19-10 overall and remain at 5-5 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, while the Vikings fall to 11-13 overall and remain at 3-3 in MASCAC play.
The Mustangs were led by Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) with 18 kills and Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) with 45 assists. Katherine Eastwood (Amityville, N.Y.) was terrific in the backline, registering 17 digs as the defensive specialist. Samantha Chaisson (Duxbury, Mass.) led the Vikings with 9 kills, while Mackenzie Salls (Turner Falls, Mass.) chipped in with 20 assists.
The first set was filled with back and forth action with both teams combining for a number of terrific rallies. Tied at 19 apiece, the Mustangs were able to go on a run to end the set, capped off by a thundering kill from Reidy to lead the Mustangs to a 25-20 first set victory. Second set action saw the Mustangs go on a six point run to take a commanding 18-10 lead. Julia Pelland (Brockton, Mass.) began the run with a big-time kill on a set from Bell and Reidy chipped in three straight kills to increase the lead for Mount Ida. A kill by Jasmine Severino (Lawrence, Mass.) looked to swing the momentum to the Vikings, but Mount Ida was able to settle-down and finished off the the set 25-15 on a kill from Cassidy Bechtle (Henniker, N.H.).
Mount Ida came out swinging in the third and final set when Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) slammed home the first point of the set off another assist from Bell. The Vikings looked to extend the game to another set with a quick run of their own. A number of Ida errors contributed to the Vikings' run, as well as a big kill from Sara Corey (Whately, Mass.). A number of big serves from Ashley Campasano (Bluepoint, N.Y.) helped right the ship for the Mustangs and they were able to come away with a 25-23 set, capped off by a Rachael Colombo (Wallkill, N.Y.).
The Mustangs will return to the court on Thursday at 7:00pm when they travel to Worcester State for another MASCAC match-up. The Vikings return home for a Saturday tri-match against Bridgewater State (11:00am) and Brandeis (3:00pm).
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