Lightbourn, volleyball win season opener 3-0 over Farmingdale St.

Ruby Lightbourn's 14 kills paced Bates volleyball in a 3-0 season-opening win over Farmingdale State on Sept. 7, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

NORTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Ruby Lightbourn had a career-high 14 kills and junior Julia Panepinto totaled a career-high 33 assists as the Bates volleyball team opened the 2018 season with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-12) non-conference victory over Farmingdale State Friday at the Wheaton College Invitational.

Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif.) made only three attack errors in 24 attempts for a .458 hitting percentage. She also came up with seven digs in the victory.

Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.), taking over Bates' starting setter position after the graduation of four-year starting setter Jacqueline Forney, kept the offense running with 11 assists per set, to go with two kills, two service aces and four digs.

Bates (1-0) faces Worcester State Saturday at 11am, then finishes tournament play against the host Lyons Saturday at 3pm.

Senior Claire Naughton (Darien, Conn.) tallied six of Bates' hefty total of 16 service aces, adding five kills with only one attack error (.364). Junior Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) contributed seven kills, three aces and eight digs, while junior Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.) totaled a match-high 10 digs.

Bates junior Samantha Schecter (Riverside, Conn.) also pounded a career-high in kills with five on 13 attempts (.308).

Farmingdale State (1-5) was limited to 14 kills for the match and a .027 attack percentage. Kelsey Voiklis led the Rams with five kills.

Bates took control of the match in the first set, running out to a 12-1 lead with Stafford-Smith serving five straight points and Panepinto serving seven times in a row. Naughton notched Bates' first two kills of the season, while Lightbourn added three more kills in the opening run. Bates attacked at a match-best .440 percentage in the set and finished the night at .286.

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