Tufts' 3-1 Win Over Colby Clinches Fourth Place in NESCAC

First-year Elizabeth Ahrens had a season-high 12 kills.

MEDFORD - Tufts' 3-1 win over Colby in volleyball gives the Jumbos fourth place in the NESCAC with a 7-3 record. Both teams will await the rest of conference action to see where they will be seeded in the NESCAC tournament.

First year Elizabeth Ahrens (Richmond, VA) paced the Jumbos (18-7, 7-3) with a season-high 12 kills. Ahrens had four solo blocks, four block assists and finished with a season-high 18 points. Hayley Hopper (Carlsbad, CA) added 12 kills and had 17 digs.

Tufts won the first set 25-20 behind Ahrens' six kills, four coming in the last eight points for the Jumbos. The set was tied at 12-12, but a 4-0 run by the Jumbos, with an ace by Rebecca Rubin (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), gave Tufts the lead for good.

Colby (10-12, 2-8) came back in the second set and won its ninth NESCAC set of the season behind six kills by Kim Donaldson (Colorado Springs, CO). The set had six lead changes and ten ties, the last one at 22-22. Kills by Alexa Busser (Dunstable, MA) and Natalie Roy (Los Altos, CA), the set winner, finished off the win for the Mules.

Ahrens again led the Tufts attack in the third set with four kills as the Jumbos led wire-to-wire. Tufts took leads of 4-0, 7-1 and 10-2 before Colby closed to within two at 13-11, but a kill by Ahrens stopped the Mules and they were never closer the rest of the set.

The Jumbos closed out the match with a 26-24 win as Hopper had four kills and Jessica Ingrum (Highlands Ranch, CO) added three of her eight kills. Donaldson had five of her match-high 17 kills for Colby. The set had 16 ties and five lead changes. The last tie was at 24-24, but a ball-handling error by the Mules and an block by Ahrens closed out the win for Tufts.

Donaldson added four solo blocks to go with her 17 kills and had 21.5 points for Colby. Roy finished with 10 kills and nine digs. Kate Pleasants (Virginia Beach, VA) had 27 assists and 10 digs. Anna Clifford (Oakham, MA) had 16 digs. Elle Linden (Andover, CT) contributed 12 assists.

This was the first game of a tri-match which also featured Simmons College. These were the final home matches for Tufts and the team's senior Virginia Clay (Santa Clara, CA) was honored for her four-year contribution to the volleyball team. Clay, a defensive specialist had seven digs, two service aces and an assist against Colby.