CLINTON, N.Y. -- The Bates volleyball team evened its NESCAC record with a convincing 3-0 victory at Hamilton College on Friday night, sweeping the three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-21, 25-22.
Bates (11-5, 3-3 NESCAC) committed only eight attack errors to 25 for the host Continentals (7-7, 1-4 NESCAC) recording a team attack percentage of .248 to Hamilton's .117.
Hamilton's Giuliana Rankin and Deirdre Corrigan led all players with 18 and 12 kills, respectively. But Bates' attack was more spread out and effective, and the Bobcats' front-line defense had a strong night with eight team blocks.
Junior middle hitters Delaney Mayfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Angel Echipue (Munich, Germany) combined for 13 kills and eight blocks in the match. Mayfield totaled six blocks, including a career-high three solo blocks, to go with five kills against one error on 12 attempts (.333), while Echipue had two blocks and eight kills.
Outside hitters Ruby Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) combined for 13 kills and 25 digs, and senior libero Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.) had a team-high 21 digs. Sophomore Sydney Phillips (Plainville, Mass.) contributed six kills to the cause.
Bates never trailed in the first set, grabbing leads of 5-0, 19-10 and 24-14. A late rally by the Continentals ended in a service error and a 1-0 Bates lead.
Hamilton led the second set for only two points, 1-0 and 7-6. A Mayfield solo block tied it at 7-7 ad a kill by Stafford-Smith gave Bates the lead the rest of the way. A kill by Phillips ended the set for a 2-0 Bates lead.
The Continentals played their most competitive set in the third, attacking at a match-best .136 rate to Bates' match-low .196. The set featured 10 ties and four lead changes, the last one at 22-22. Eide set up Stafford-Smith and then junior Olivia McCulloch (Sunderland, Mass.) for kills to force match point, and a Continental attack error ended the match.
Bates will play at NESCAC rival Williams (10-5, 3-2) at 2pm on Saturday.