LEWISTON, Maine -- Taylor Stafford-Smith had 13 kills and no errors on 22 attempts, leading the Bates volleyball team to its highest attack percentage of the season in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-10) win over Husson University Tuesday night in Alumni Gym.
Bates (13-7) won its fourth straight and has two matches remaining in the regular season, at home against Amherst on Friday at 7pm and against Trinity on Saturday at 2pm. The Bobcats need to win at least one of them to advance to the eight-team NESCAC Championship tournament.
Caelyn Sheil led Husson (5-16) with seven kills against one error on 17 attempts (.353).
Bates hitters had a field day in their last non-league match, combining for 43 kills against eight errors on 81 attempts for a .432 team attack percentage.
In addition to Stafford-Smith's (Calabasas, Calif.) 11th double-digit match in kills this season, they were led in efficiency by sophomore Angel Echipue (Munich, Germany) pounding nine kills on 13 attempts (.615). Senior Lauren Brough (Killingworth, Conn.) posted six kills on 10 attempts (.500) and a team-high 13 digs in the match, and junior Samantha Schecter (Riverside, Conn.) added four kills with no errors on nine attempts (.444). First-year Sydney Phillips (Wrentham, Mass.) posted four kills on seven attempts (.429), all in the third set.
Junior setter Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) tallied 23 assists and four aces in two sets of work. First-year setter Brettney Fuller (Temple, Texas) came on in the third set to tally 12 assists. Senior Cassidy Martin (Wilmington, Del.) got the start at libero and totaled 10 digs.
The first set stood at 10-8 in Bates' favor before Panepinto landed two aces and set up four different players for kills to spark a 6-0 run by the Bobcats. First-year Megan Seabury (Santa Barbara, Calif.) served out the final four points, using three Eagle attack errors and a kill by Brough to take the 1-0 match lead.
Stafford-Smith dominated the second set, with seven kills on nine attempts, including three straight to take Bates from a 10-6 lead to 13-6. Schecter added three kills in the set.
Phillips served Bates from a 5-2 lead to 10-2 as Stafford-Smith and senior Claire Naughton (Darien, Conn.) contributed two kills apiece. Phillips tallied kills on three of Bates' final eight points, and a pair of attack errors by Husson completed the match in an even 60 minutes.
Hanna Hembrow totaled 11 assists and seven digs for the Eagles, while Adrienne Beatty had a team-high eight digs.