Playing eight matches in just over two weeks, the volleyball team was in action across New England and looking to keep postseason hopes alive. The Cats’ saw plenty of action and finished a slate of games against Tufts, Connecticut College, Maine Maritime, Trinity, Wesleyan, Eastern Connecticut State, and Plymouth State, at 3-5.
First, against Tufts on October 11th, the squad looked to rally against a solid Jumbos team, but fell short 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-10, 25-7). Leading the team was sophomore Mary Deneen with eight kills while fellow sophomore Laryssa Schepel led the defensive unit with ten digs. Junior co-setters and co-captains Tess Walther and Miranda Shapiro posted nineteen and thirteen assists respectively.
In the latter match of their “Dig Pink” event, the team dropped a 3-0 decision (25-21, 25-22, 25-21) to Conn College on October 12th. Freshman Chandler McGrath had seven kills for the ‘Cats while Schepel had a match-best 18 digs along with four service aces. The Bobcats had a hitting percentage of .112 for the match.
The team traveled to Castine, Maine four days later in a two-match bout against Maine Maritime. Although the Bobcats dropped the first match 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9), the team was able to rebound and defeat Maritime 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-20). In the first match of the day, freshman Nicole Peraica led the way with nine kills with sophomore Nicole Cueli, posting 19 digs. Peraica again recorded the most kills for the ‘Cats in the second match with 10 while Cueli and sophomore Abby Leberman had nine digs apiece. In their victory, the Bobcats had a hitting percentage of .218 along with 10 aces.
On October 18th, the ‘Cats were unable to continue their winning ways, falling to Trinity 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-14). McGrath had 11 kills for the Bobcats while first-year Aubyn Link had 16 digs. Walther had her third double of the season with 23 assists and eleven digs.
The next day, the Bobcats were involved in a long, competitive match with NESCAC foe Wesleyan, eventually pulling out the five-set victory 3-2 (25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 15-25, 15-11). Leading the way with fifteen kills at a .414 attack percentage was Chandler McGrath. Both Schepel and Link were the anchors of the defensive unit recording 16 digs each.
Finally, this past weekend the Bobcats traveled to Plymouth State for a dual match that saw Eastern Connecticut State in attendance as well. Bates beat Plymouth State 27-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-14 before falling to Eastern Conn State in four sets.
“We played well in both matches this weekend,” noted head coach Margo Linton. “Unfortunately just couldn’t score at the right times when the pressure was on against Eastern Connecticut.”
McGrath again led the way with 14 kills while sophomore Brynn Wendel had nine kills. Defensively, Leberman had 12 digs while Schepel had 10. In the loss to Eastern Connecticut State, McGrath had 16 kills while Walther had her fifth double-double of the season recording 16 digs and 26 assists.
Bates is currently 11-15 on the season, and 2-6 in the NESCAC.
The Bobcats will make the long trip to Hamilton on November 1st followed by a bout against Middlebury on the 2nd. If the Bobcats can win their last two games against winless Hamilton and 3-5 Middlebury, they have a chance of finishing sixth in the conference.