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Mules fall to Polar Bears in local conference clash

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Colby Volleyball traveled to Bowdoin College for a Friday night game against the rival Polar Bears. The Mules entered the match only one game behind Hamilton and with playoff hopes still alive, but the team fell to Bowdoin in straight sets.

Nicole Petherbridge led the charge for the Mules with seven kills in the match and a .294 kill percentage. After Colby dropped the first set, Petherbridge's effort helped the team keep the second game close. The Mules held a 9-6 advantage early and kept the score knotted at 12 points apiece before the Polar Bears could put together a run to take a 22-15 lead. Colby nearly came back to tie the set with kills from Petherbridge, Natalie Simonton, and an ace by Julia Hutchings, but Bowdoin was ultimately able to close out the game.

First-year Morgan Selby (pictured) also played aggressively on offense, registering three kills and increasing her attempts from her usual play. The deceptive style from the setter was necessary, with Bowdoin recording nine blocks in the match to stifle the Mules hitters. Natalie Simonton also generated three kills, while Elizabeth Middlebrook led the team with two service aces and seven digs on defense.

The Mules play their final regular season matches at Tufts tomorrow in a tri-match with the #14 Jumbos and Hunter College. The Mules play the Tufts at 12:00 PM (EST) before taking the court against the Hawks at 2:30 PM (EST).

 

Photo Courtesy of Calvin Wetmore ' 20.