This past weekend, Bates Volleyball competed in two NESCAC home games in Alumni Gym. On Friday, they swept past Hamilton 3-0 to improve to 4-5 overall in conference. With the win, they clinched a berth in NESCAC playoffs for the second year in a row. Captain Chandler McGrath ‘17 led the team with 20 kills, reaching her career 1000 kill along the way. McGrath has led the team in kills all of her four years at Bates.
The next day, Bates faced off against second place Middlebury and rolled to a 3-1 upset win over the Panthers for the first time since 2003. The win improved their NESCAC record to 5-5, their best regular season record since 2003 as well. The team has been performing at an extremely high level the past few weeks. They have currently won three in a row and have improved their home record to an astounding 7-1. Cassidy Martin ‘19 commented, “I think the end of our season has been the best part, we’ve come so far since preseason and it’s such an amazing thing to be a part of. In our last two home games everything just clicked. It was such a fun game.”
The win pushed the Bobcats past Conn College, and secured the seventh seed in the Conference tournament.
Bates will challenge Middlebury again this Friday in the NESCAC quarterfinals held at Tufts.
In response to the success the team has had so far and the win over Middlebury, Hannah Tardie ‘17 had this to say about her team: “It felt like everything that we have been working for this season fell into place this weekend. All of the emotional and physical energy we have spent was rewarded with our wins this weekend, not only making playoffs but also beating the number two team in our conference. The long rallies, teamwork, grit, and overall discipline I saw in our team this weekend made me proud and honored at the same time. It’s even sweeter knowing we get to play Midd. again first round of NESCAC’s. We’re coming for them.”
Best of luck to the volleyball team as they hope to top the Panthers for the second time in a row.