The Bates volleyball team finished their season 10-15 after falling to top-seeded Bowdoin in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC volleyball championship tournament. In her first season as head coach, Melissa DeRan led the team to a 3-7-conference record, three more wins than last year. These three wins were enough to secure the eighth seed in the NESCAC playoffs.
The Bobcats fell 3-0 to the Polar Bears, who ended up clinching the NESCAC title over Williams. Bates recorded some of their poorest stats of the season: 11 kills, 19 attack errors, and a season low attack percentage of -0.90. This was the final collegiate appearance for five seniors: Nicole Cueli, Mary Deneen, Abby Leberman, Laryssa Schepel and Brynn Wendel.
Despite the disappointing loss to Bowdoin, the team has a lot of positives to take away. They had their most conference wins since 2004, and made their first NESCAC playoff appearance since 2013. With a new head coach and talented underclassmen, the Bobcats could look to do some real damage next year.