Volleyball sweeps the University of New England at home

Angel Echipue led Bates with 12 kills in a 3-0 win over the University of New England on Oct. 2, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Angel Echipue had 12 kills on 19 attacks, Julia Panepinto totaled 36 assists, and Claire Naughton added seven kills and five blocks, as the Bates volleyball team swept the University of New England 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-23) in a non-conference match Tuesday evening in Alumni Gym.

Bates (6-4) won for the third time in four matches and evened its home record to 3-3. The Bobcats return to NESCAC action this weekend, at Hamilton on Friday at 7pm and at Williams on Sunday at 2pm.

The Nor'easters (4-12) received a combined 19 kills against only two attack errors from Rene Roggenbuck and Katie Flynn as they threatened to win both the first and third sets on the night, but they could not avoid suffering their fifth consecutive loss. UNE will next face Suffolk University on Saturday at noon on a neutral court at Emmanuel College.

Bates took an early 7-3 lead in the first set with six straight serves by junior Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.), including a pair of kills by Naughton (Darien, Conn.) and two aces. But UNE came back to tie it at 12-12, then moved into a 21-16 lead. Paige Simoneau supplied two aces, a kill and two blocks in the 18-9 run.

Back-to-back kills by Bates sophomore Delaney Mayfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.) closed the gap to 22-21 and prompted a timeout by UNE coach Karol L'Heureux. Then a kill by Bates first-year Sydney Phillips (Wrentham, Mass.) and a combined block by Phillips and Naughton returned the lead to Bates at 23-22 and prompted another UNE timeout. Naughton put away an errant dig to make it 24-22, and Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) served up an ace to put Bates in a 1-0 lead. Naughton led Bates with five kills in the set and Eustache racked up 11 digs. Roggenbuck had four kills in the set for the Nor'easters.

Sophomore Ruby Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif.) led off the second set by serving an ace for the hosts, and Bates ran out to leads of 4-0, 8-2 and 15-3 to take command of the set and the match. UNE committed four attack errors and was victimized by three aces as Bates built the big lead. UNE could not cut the deficit into single digits the rest of the way, and Stafford-Smith delivered the set point at 25-12 with a kill. The junior outside hitter led Bates in the set with five kills.

UNE played its best in the third set, attacking at a .196 rate to Bates' .200. The Nor'easters turned a 10-9 deficit into a 15-10 lead with a kill and six serves by Molly Camelo, while Flynn and Mia Martel had two kills apiece to prompt a Bates timeout. Phillips ended the run with a kill, but the teams traded points until the Nor'easters held a 23-20 lead after another Camelo kill. But Bates won out the rest of the way with five straight points, getting kills by Echipue and Stafford-Smith and two aces by Lightbourn before the match ended on an attack error. Roggenbuck had five kills in the set for UNE, while Echipue countered with six for Bates.

Sydney Christiansen led UNE in assists (27) and digs (18). Katie Marsh and Camelo added 14 and 12 digs, respectively.

Eustache led all players with 27 digs, and sophomore Olivia McCulloch (Sunderland, Mass.) added 10.