The women’s volleyball team headed south (but not as far south as the cross country teams) this past weekend, to compete in back to back conference matches against the western Massachusetts NESCAC schools, Williams and Amherst. They fell in both matches, losing in five sets to Williams on Friday and straight sets against Amherst on Saturday. Williams moved to 2-2 in the NESCAC after their victory over the Bobcats, while Amherst improved to 4-1 in conference. Bates is now 1-3 in conference, 4-9 overall after their weekend slate of games, and sit in 9th place in the NESCAC standings.
In their Friday match against the Ephs, Bates dropped the first set, before recovering to win the second and third sets by the same score of 26-24. Williams then regained control of the match, winning the last two sets to secure the grueling, full-length victory. The Bobcats defended well, tallying 11 blocks and 87 digs, but struggled to match the Eph’s steady service game and hitting percentage, scoring a hitting percentage of just .124 and only 5 aces, to the Ephs .210 and 12, respectively. McGrath ‘17, led the way for the Bobcats with twenty kills.
After their quick turnaround, the Bobcats could not muster much of an effort Saturday against Amherst, hitting at a paltry .026 pace, and falling in straight sets. Fortunately, the team will be back in Lewiston this weekend, taking on Wesleyan and Trinity in one of the feature events for the ‘Back to Bates’ weekend.