POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Bates volleyball team lost a 2-0 lead in a tough 3-2 loss to King's (Pa.) College, then fell 3-0 to Vassar to conclude the Vassar Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The host Brewers (7-2) went 4-0 in the tournament without dropping a set.
Bates senior setter Jacqueline Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 9.20 assists and 2.53 digs per set as Bates started the season 2-2.
Bates will play host to Southern Maine on Tuesday at 7pm in the Bobcats' home opener.
Recap: King's College 3, Bates 2
The Monarchs (7-1) roared back from a 2-0 deficit and outlasted Bates in a crucial 28-26 fourth set to give the Bobcats their first loss of the season, by set scores of 16-25, 19-25, 25-18, 28-26, 15-13.
Katelyn Shifflett had 18 kills and Rachel Miller added 13 kills and 11 digs for King's. Eleven attack errors in the fourth set hurt the Bobcats.
Bates first-year middle hitter Angel Echipue (Munich, Germany) led all players in the match with 20 kills. Forney and sophomore Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) both had double-doubles in the match: Stafford-Smith shared the team lead in kills with 10 and added 10 digs, while Forney tallied 45 assists and 15 digs. Junior Reilly Murphy (Marshfield, Mass.) produced eight kills and four blocks, while sophomore Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.) added a match-high 23 digs.
Recap: Vassar 3, Bates 0
Tournament MVP Devan Gallagher's 18 kills against three attack errors paced Vassar in a 25-11, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of Bates. Jorden Schreeder led the match in digs with 18 and Annie MacMillan passed out 42 assists. Colette Cambey tallied 12 kills on only 17 attempts (.647), leading Vassar to a .369 attack percentage.
Echipue led Bates in kills for the fourth time in as many matches, with seven (she shared the lead vs. the University of New England with Stafford-Smith). Fellow rookie Ruby Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif.) added six kills and eight digs. Senior Augy Silver (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led Bates with nine digs and three aces, and Forney passed out 22 assists.