Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MIDD Splits in Maine--Headed to NESCAC's as #2 Seed

Our final weekend of the regular season took us to Maine to play both Colby and Bates.  Colby has been struggling this season, and posed no real threat as we cruised to a 3 set sweep on Friday night by the set scores of 25-15, 25-21, 25-15.  We did meet up with our first "real" bout of snow as we crossed over the Killington gap on our way over, which is where we met our first flurries of snow the previous weekend on our way back from MIT, so winter is on it's way after a gorgeous Fall.

The next morning we headed to Bates to play our regular season finale, after our stop at Dunk, of course.  The fun thing in Waterville was that there was a Tim Hortons just a couple of stores down from the Dunkin Donuts, which made Claire VERY happy!!

Onward to Bates, where we met more than our match that day.  They were super pumped up for senior day, and they even gave our seniors flowers, which was a very nice touch and much appreciated.  Bates came out on fire, and dominated the first set scoring 5 points in a row on two separate occasions for leads of 11-5, and 20-10 to eventually take the first set 25-11.  The second set was more back and forth, but they were still scoring points in bunches whereas we were just getting one at a time, for another lopsided set score of 25-15.  We seemed to find a groove in the 3rd set, jumping out to a 9-3 lead, and expanding it to a 20-10 lead before a late surge brought them to 24-16, when we closed out the set on a kill by Sarah.  The final set was unfortunately marked by point runs by Bates again as they jumped out to a 13-3 lead that proved to be too much to come back from.

Overall, we made too many errors as we hit only .103 for the game, and had only 39 kills to go with our 23 hitting errors.  Bates defense was all over the place, and they got every ball up it seemed, along with their OH's coming up with 16, and 17 kills respectively while ours hit .050 combined, and we were out-blocked...Isabel was our only player in double digit kills, but unfortunately had double digit errors also, and Alice and Sarah were the only ones to hit over .100, along with Mel, so it was a tough day for MCVB all together.

The good news for us is that we'll get an immediate shot at redemption on Friday night when we play them in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at Tufts!  We're excited about the opportunity to redeem ourselves, and are looking forward to putting it all together this weekend for a fun (and hopefully long) weekend of volleyball!!

On another note, Halloween started out our week, which was a fun way to get the week started.  Here's a picture of only some of our MCVBees...and a hot dog?!  :)

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