LEWISTON, Maine – The Connecticut College volleyball team dropped a NESCAC match to Bates by a 3-0 decision on Friday evening at Alumni Gym. Set scores were 25-21, 25-19 and 25-12.
Bates (9-8, NESCAC 2-5) scored the first three points of the opening set and led from wire-to-wire throughout the evening. After falling behind by as many as seven, the Camels fought back and made it 21-19 on consecutive kills by freshman Emma Hewlin (San Jose, Calif.) followed by an ace off the hand of senior Belinda Mullally (Garden Grove, Calif.). But after taking a timeout to regroup, the Bobcats recovered and took the opening set on a double hit by the Camels.
The second set played its way out much like the first, as the hosts scored the first three points and held off the visitors the rest of the way. Even though Connecticut College closed the gap to just three points at 20-17 on a smash by senior Caroline Branigan (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), the Bobcats were able to take the set by getting kills from four different players down the final stretch.
With Claire Naughton serving and providing two aces, Bates burst out to an 8-0 advantage in the third and final frame. The lead ballooned to twin figures at 11-1 on a Ruby Lightbourn kill, and the Bobcats used the momentum to run away with a 13-point triumph as well as the match.
Jacqueline Forney finished with a double-double by contributing 34 assists and 15 digs to lead the way for Bates, which moved into sole possession of eighth place in the standings with the victory. Angel Echipue notched 10 kills, while Gabi Eustache and Taylor Stafford-Smith contributed 17 digs apiece.
Hewlin paced Connecticut College for contributing a team-leading 11 kills. Sophomore Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) registered 30 assists, six kills and six digs, while senior Sam Hunter (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) just missed a double-double with nine kills and 17 digs.
Connecticut College (10-7, NESCAC 1-6) continues league action when it visits Colby tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m.