BANGOR, Maine – The Mules travelled to Husson University for an in-state clash with the Eagles. Both teams looked to right the ship after dropping their previous games, however Colby was without first-year starting setter Morgan Selby. The Mules received contributions up and down the lineup, though, and used a resilient team effort to earn a 3-1 win.
Despite the floor general's absence, the Mules shot to an early lead, generating consistent attacking opportunities and minimizing errors in the first game. Colby managed 12 kills and only five errors on 30 attempts in game one to gain the early match advantage with a 25-17 win.
Maria Minuesa and Katie Devine continued to share responsibility at setter, giving the Mules hitters good looks in the second game. Although the team's offensive errors went up slightly from game one, Colby earned 10 kills to Husson's eight and used gritty defense to grind out a 25-22 second set win, taking a 2-0 match lead.
Husson gained momentum in the third set, ramping up its aggression on offense. The Eagles made 11 kills with only four errors and kept a lead throughout most of the set. The Mules actually managed a better kill percentage in the third, but could not find enough open looks and dropped the set 22-25.
Head Coach Candice Parent's squad showed their resiliency in the fourth set, though. Colby immediately took the breath out of the Eagles' gym with a dominant run to start the fourth and earned a lead it would never relinquish. On stellar defense and only two fourth set errors on kill attempts, the Mules stormed to a 25-12 game four win to take the match 3-1.
Simone Sears and Samantha Schultz (pictured) led the team in kill percentage on offense, generating .667 and .357 percentages, respectively, with 11 kills between them. Nicole Petherbridge led the team in kills with 10, while Elizabeth Middlebrook catalyzed the Mule's strong defensive effort, totaling 15 digs. Natalie Bumpus led the Mules with three blocked shots.
The win moves Colby to 4-10 on the season. The team next takes on Wesleyan at home on Friday, October 4th at 8:00 PM (EST). The Cardinals are ranked 25th nationally.