Colby 3, Mt. Ida 0

Nov. 10, 2005

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College volleyball team got on track quickly in the first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament match in the program's history. The Mules jumped out to a big lead in the opening game and went on to a 3-0 victory (30-15, 30-17, 30-9) over eighth-seeded Mount Ida in the opening round of the New England Regional on Thursday at Wadsworth Gymnasium.

The top-seeded Mules improved to 35-3 and will play fourth-seeded MIT in a regional semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. MIT took a 3-0 win against fifth-seeded Bridgewater State. Colby-Sawyer, the sixth seed, and second-seeded Tufts University will play in the first regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Colby has played three New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship matches and one NCAA match without allowing a game over the last seven days.

Jenny Lawrence (Lafayette, Calif.) had 36 assists, seven digs and four service aces to lead Colby. Cait Cleaver (Kennett Square, Pa.), the NESCAC Player of the Year, finished with 10 kills and 11 digs. Mariah Daly (Baltimore, Md.) also had 10 kills, while Megan Devlin (Branford, Conn.) had nine kills, 14 digs and four aces. Kaitlin Adams (Athol, Pa.) had seven kills and four blocks and Jessie Prentice (New York, N.Y.) had four service aces in one game.

Mount Ida (21-9) received 21 digs and four kills from Jackie Kenel (Rockway Beach, N.Y.). Christina Nikolaidis (Bourne, Mass.) had 29 digs and Kristyn Correia (Westport, Mass.) had 20 digs.

-- Courtesy Colby