Providence, R.I. -- The Mount Ida women's volleyball team ended their terrific 2017 season Tuesday night when they fell in straight sets to 10th ranked Johnson & Wales (RI) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoff action. The Mustangs finished the season with a 20-13 (6-6) overall record, the most wins for the program since 2010.
The high-powered JWU offense continued as they have all season. Hannah Dolan (San Clemente, Calif.) led the Wildcats with 10 kills, Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) chipped in with 38 assists, and Elyssa Nicolas (Brisbane, Calif.) led the defense with 13 digs. Mount Ida was fighting an uphill battle against the Wildcats as they came into the game having lost only five sets all year.
Even with the loss, the Mustangs have a lot to be proud of from their 2017 campaign. By virture of a tie-breaker, they were given the tough spot of the 8th seed in the GNAC playoffs, but could have finished as high as 6th. Their 20 wins is the most since 2010 and their six conference wins is the most since 2012. Individually the 2017 campaign saw numerous Mustangs hit program milestones.
Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) broke the 1000 assist mark for the season, putting her well on the way to breaking the program record next season. Freshmen Julia Pelland (Brockton, Mass.) and Rachael Colombo (Wallkill, N.Y.) were solid throughout the year and bring promise for the future. Junior captain Kristy Walton (Fairhaven, Mass.) is one of the more underrated outside hitters in the conference and brings leadership and experience on the court. Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) finished her last game in a Mustang uniform with seven kills and eight digs. Reidy will leave Mount Ida as one of the best to wear the Green & White, with her name splashed throughout the record book.
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