Volleyball sweeps through Husson tourney with wins over Plattsburgh and Curry

Sophomore Olivia McCulloch (center) totaled a combined 12 kills and 25 digs in Bates' victories over Plattsburgh and Curry in the Husson Invitational on Sept. 7, 2019. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BANGOR, Maine -- The Bates volleyball team is 4-0 for the first time since 2014, following Saturday's two victories to wrap up the Husson Invitational. The Bobcats defeated Plattsburgh 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-23) and Curry 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-8), thereby sailing through the tournament without losing a set.

Following Friday's sweeps of Saint Joseph's and Husson, Bates picked up where it left off on Saturday morning against Plattsburgh (3-4), pounding 12 kills against three attack errors in the first set before cruising through the final two sets without any attack errors. Bates' .370 attack percentage for the match was its best thus far in the young season.

With senior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) and first-year Emma Eide (Ramsey, N.J.) serving up 14 and nine assists, respectively, as a spread-out Bates attack saw five players notch either six or seven kills for the match. Sophomore Olivia McCulloch (Sunderland, Mass.) posted seven kills with no errors (.438) and added a team-high 11 digs, while junior Angel Echipue (Munich, Germany) also posted seven kills. Juniors Ruby Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Delaney Mayfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.) contributed six klls apiece, with Lightbourn adding nine digs and two blocks.

Lightbourn, Panepinto and sophomore Sydney Phillips (Plainville, Mass.) were named to the All-Tournament First Team on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Bates finished off its sweep through the tournament Saturday afternoon against Curry (2-3), pulling away from the Colonels with ease in each set. Panepinto (19 assists) and Eide (10 assists) kept the offense going in two sets of play apiece, while Mayfield led the attack with a season-high eight kills. McCulloch again led the squad in digs (14) while adding five kills, and Lightbourn totaled five kills, 12 digs and five aces.

Bates remains on the road and in out-of-conference play for its next four matches, beginning this Friday 7pm at Brandeis.