LEWISTON, Maine --(Nick Dow, Assistant Director of Sports Information, Bates College) Connecticut College volleyball used a balanced offensive attack to down Bates College in straight sets, 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-21), on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.
The Camels (8-9, 3-4 NESCAC) had five players notch seven or more kills while the Bobcats (8-12, 1-5) challenged the visitors in each set before falling short. Both teams, in conjunction with the entire NESCAC, continued to support breast cancer awareness at the match through the Dig Pink! initiative.
For Connecticut College, Ella Johnson led all players with nine kills while Anelise Hohl and Caroline Martin came in right behind her with eight kills each. Alex Mcdevitt and Chloe Ainley each landed seven kills. Kaitlin Cunningham tallied a match-high 33 assists, and Cailyn Straubel had 13 digs.
First-year Chandler McGrath (Seal Beach, Calif.) paced the Bobcats with seven kills, and classmate Aubyn Link (Houston, Texas) posted five kills on .333 hitting.
Sophomore libero Laryssa Schepel (Flemington, N.J.) recorded a match-best 18 digs to go with four service aces. Junior setter and co-captain Tess Walther (Santa Monica, Calif.) dished out a team-high 14 assists in addition to nine digs.
After falling in an early 10-5 hole, the Bobcats came back to tie set one at 15-15 and remained within one point at 19-18. From there, the Camels used a 4-0 spurt to gain breathing room before finishing off the set.
The hosts responded in set two staking an advantage as large as five points at 13-8. Trailing 15-11, Conn. College went on a 5-0 run to take a 16-15 edge, and neither team held a lead larger than two until the Camels grabbed a 23-20 advantage on their way to the set victory.
In the final set, Bates held an early 8-2 lead as Schepel registered all four of her aces as part of the streak. The visitors worked their way back into the set though eventually knotting it at 15-15. The Bobcats stayed within striking distance until the Camels utilized a 4-0 run to close the set and the match.
Next, Bates travels to Maine Maritime for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 5 and 7 p.m.