Bates volleyball finishes 3-0 at Hall of Fame Tournament

Claire Naughton made the all-tournament team as Bates completed a 3-0 trip to the Hall of Fame Tournament with wins over Coast Guard and Bridgewater State on Oct. 20, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates volleyball team completed an undefeated Hall of Fame Tournament excursion Saturday morning with a 3-1 (31-29, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17) victory over Coast Guard, followed by a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-11) sweep of Bridgewater State.

Senior middle hitter Claire Naughton (Darien, Conn.) tallied 14 kills against one error on 22 attack attempts (.591) in the win over Coast Guard, adding six service aces and two blocks to her stellar performance. Against Bridgewater State, Naughton totaled seven kills and one error on 12 attempts (.500) to go with three blocks and a season-high six digs. Naughton was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Bates 3, Coast Guard 1 (BOX SCORE)

A 31-29 win in the first set of the morning got Bates off to a great start against the Bears of Coast Guard (17-9). Junior Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) pounded back-to-back kills to bring Bates from a 28-27 deficit to a 29-28 lead. After a Bobcat attack error, Naughton's kill made it 30-29, then clinched the match from the service line with an ace. Stafford-Smith had six kills in the set while Naughton had five.

The Bears tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-21 win of the second set, serving up six aces in the set while Angelou Dunton, Mary Sweet and Bridget Boyle led the way with four kills apiece.

Bates came back with a vengeance in the third set, as Naughton dropped three aces and tallied four kills in a 25-14 win. Naughton kept up the momentum with five kills in the fouerth set, while sophomore Ruby Lightbourn (Los Angeles, Calif.) added four in a 25-17 clincher.

Stafford-Smith led Bates with 15 kills and 22 digs in the match, while Lightbourn added 12 kills and nine digs. Junior Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.) suppolied 14 digs, while sophomores Angel Echipue (Munich, Germany) and Delaney Mayfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.) posted seven kills and four blocks apiece and junior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) totaled 42 assists and 13 digs.

Bates 3, Bridgewater State 0 (BOX SCORE)

Later the same morning, Bridgewater State dropped to 4-13 and Bates rose to 12-7 as the Bobcats rolled over a second team of Bears in straight sets.

Echipue became the third different Bobcat to lead the team in kills in the tournament, posting 11 kills on 16 attempts against only two errors (.562), and added four blocks. Mayfield notched eight against four errors on 17 attempts (.235) with a career-high six blocks, while Naughton added seven kills and first-year Sydney Phillips (Wrentham, Mass.) added five.

Stafford-Smith again led Bates in digs with 17, with Eustache adding 12. Panepinto had an efficient match with 27 assists, eight digs and three kills.

Sydney Rice led Bridgewater State with eight kills on 17 attempts (.353).

Bates next hosts Husson on Tuesday at 7pm.