Volleyball falls 3-0 at Bowdoin in final regular-season match

Taylor Stafford-Smith (left) and Delaney Mayfield shared the team lead wtih seven kills apiece in a 3-0 loss at Bowdoin on Nov. 2, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20) at Bowdoin in its regular-season finale Saturday, as the host Polar Bears picked up their 12th straight victory.

The outcome had no bearing on either team's seedings in next weekend's NESCAC tournament, to be held at top-seeded Tufts Nov. 8-10. In Friday's quarterfinal round, seventh-seeded Bates (16-9, 4-6 NESCAC) will play second-seeded Wesleyan (19-3, 9-1) at 5pm. Third-seeded Bowdoin (16-6, 8-2) will play sixth-seeded Williams at 7:30.

A back-and-forth first set saw Bowdoin take control late, using a 7-2 surge to create some space as Ashley Williams and Cori Gray notched late kills to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats built a 20-14 lead in the second set and appeared poised to get back into the contest, but for a quick 6-0 run by the Polar Bears that tied the back on consecutive blocks by Gray. After being tied at 22, the Polar Bears scored three of the last four points, winning it on a kill from Dani Abrams to take a 2-0 advantage.

The Polar Bears pulled ahead late in the third set to seal the victory, outscoring the Bobcats 6-2 in the homestretch, ending it on another Abrams kill to complete the sweep.

Caroline Flaharty had nine kills and 20 digs in the win for Bowdoin while Gray, Sophia Pahl and Abrams had seven apiece. Gray also had five blocks while Kate Kiser (21 assists) and Ella Haugen (18 assists) sparked the offense.

Junior Delaney Mayfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and senior Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) had seven kills apiece, and junior Angel Echipue (Munich, Germany) posted six kills and five blocks. Senior Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with 17 digs. Senior Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) had 16 assists, while first-year Emma Eide (Ramsey, N.J.) added 13.