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Mustangs Drop GNAC Opener to Visiting Saints, 3-0

Mustangs Drop GNAC Opener to Visiting Saints, 3-0

NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida College women's volleyball team suffered their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest of the season on Wednesday evening to the visiting Saints of Emmanuel College by a final score of 3-0 (21-25, 10-25, 15-25). 

With the loss, Mount Ida drops back to .500 on the season at (6-6, 0-1 GNAC) while the Saints improve to (3-10, 1-0 GNAC).

Both squads got off to slow starts in the opening set as each team combined to hit a negative percentage from the floor. The Saints managed four less errors than the Mustangs which proved to be the difference as Emmanuel took the opening frame 25-21, despite collecting nine hitting errors.

EC regrouped during the intermission and came out strong to open the second set, taking a 7-1 lead behind the service game of sophomore setter Carly Church (Higganum, Conn.).  Mount Ida rolled off three straight points to make it 7-4 but Emmanuel answered with a 5-0 run to go ahead 12-4, coasting to the 25-10 win and 2-0 lead in the match as EC did not commit a single attacking error in the frame.

The Saints didn't allow the hosts to reset in the final set, racing ahead to another 7-1 lead to open the final set. Emmanuel held the hosts to a negative hitting percentage for the third consecutive stanza and wrapped up the sweep with a 25-15 win.

Sophomores Katharine Journey (Hampton, N.H.) and Mary Shelow (Miami, Fla.) along with senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Atkinson(Brookline, N.H.) paced Emmanuel with five kills each. Journey also added 10 digs while senior libero Sarah Schemerhorn (Los Angeles, Calif.) collected 15 digs.

Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.) led the way for the Mustangs with a match-high 12 kills while rookie setter Alexis Bell (Salem, Conn.) collected a double-double with 16 assists and 15 digs.

Mount Ida is back in non-conference action on Saturday when they host Newbury College at 11:00 AM while the Saints travel to University of Saint Joseph (CT) for a GNAC tri-match against Anna Maria and the host Blue Jays at 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM. 

Content Courtesy of Emmanuel College Sports Information