Volleyball Improves to 9-0 in NESCAC With Win Over Colby

Mackenzie Bright finished with ten kills and four service aces vs. Colby.

MEDFORD – On a busy Saturday in Cousens Gym the Tufts volleyball team started off the day with their ninth NESCAC win of the season, picking up a 3-1 win over visiting Colby.  Freshman Brigid Bell, sophomore Mackenzie Bright and junior Katie Kim all turned in ten kills each to lead the Jumbos.

The Jumbos are now 17-1 overall with a 9-0 conference mark with just one game remaining in conference play. If the Jumbos are able to beat Connecticut College they will finish with a perfect 10-0 conference record for the first time since the 2008 season when they finished the regular season 10-0 but were upset by Williams in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Jumbos have claimed first place in the regular season conference standings in 2009 with an 8-2 record and most recently in 2014, with a 9-1 mark.

With the loss the Mules fall to 4-17 overall with a 0-8 mark in conference stints this season.

The Jumbos jumped out to an early lead in the first set and were able to maintain that lead for the duration of the set.  With the Jumbos leading 19-11, the Jumbos scored five consecutive points behind the serve of Bright, with four of those five points being aces.

It was Colby that would take an early lead in the second set.  With things tied at five early, the Mules took the lead scoring five points behind the serve of Mae Sefransky to take the 10-5 lead. The Jumbos wouldn't give up and the two teams traded points for most of the duration of the match.  With Colby owning the 23-19 lead the Jumbos got a kill from Bell and help by two Colby errors to come within two, 23-21.  But, a few Jumbo errors gave the Mules the 25-23 win in set two.

The Jumbos would take set three and four by pretty large marings.  In the third set they took an early lead and then with the 17-8 lead scored seven straight points behind the serve of freshman Kelly Klimo to take the 24-8 advantage and move to the 25-9 win in the third set.  The fourth set was much of the same as the Jumbos took the early lead and were able to hold on for the 25-15 win.

Bell, Bright and Kim led the Jumbo offense each adding ten kills.  Senior McKenzie Humann finished with seven kills for the Jumbos.  Humann, Kim and Bell all added two blocks to their day as senior Elizabeth Ahrens helped with three blocks and five kills.  The Jumbos had 17 service aces during the match with four from Bright and three each from sophomore Angela Yu and junior Alex Garrett.  Defensively Ahrens added 11 digs as did Garrett, while Klimo finished with nine.  Yu took care of the setting for the Jumbos, finishing with 36 assists.

Karolina Serhan was the offensive leader for the Mules with nine kills while Paige Hanssen added seven and Elizabeth Noyes finished with five.  The Mules tallied eight service aces on the day, with Sefransky helping with four and Emily Moslener tallying three.  Hanssen was the defensive leader with 13 digs and Noyes added ten.  Moslener and Molly Manuel took care of the setting for the Mules with Moslener finishing with eight assists and Manuel adding 13.

The Mules were back in action right away with a 2:30 match up against Gordon in Cousens Gym.  The Jumbos had a match break and then were back in action against Gordon at 5 pm.