Bates volleyball sweeps St. Joseph's 3-0 in non-conference action

LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Claire Naughton and senior captain Chandler McGrath led the Bates volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-22) victory over the Saint Joseph's College Monks Tuesday night at Alumni Gym. 

Naughton (Darien, Conn.) tallied 12 kills with a remarkable kill percentage of 55 percent and McGrath (Seal Beach, Calif.) led the Bobcats (4-7) with 14 kills on the night.

Junior captain Jacqueline Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) accumulated a match-high 22 assists and senior captain Hannah Tardie (Orange, Calif.) chipped in 13 assists of her own.

Meanwhile first-year Julia Panepinto (Buffalo, N.Y.) came up with 12 digs, as did sophomore Lauren Brough (Killingworth, Conn.).

Naughton tallied a kill right out of the gate for Bates to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead in the first set. 

Sophomore Reilly Murphy (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Lisa Slivken (New York, N.Y.) added early kills of their own but the Monks (3-7) took a 6-5 lead on a Shadai Gosselin kill.

Bates responded with a 6-1 run, culminating in back-to-back kills by first-year Taylor Stafford-Smith (Calabasas, Calif.) and Naughton to take an 11-6 lead, forcing St. Joseph's to call a timeout.

With the Bobcats up 14-9, Naughton added yet another kill to give Bates a six-point lead. McGrath followed with a nice block and a St. Joseph's attack error made the score 17-9 in favor of the Bobcats.

A McGrath kill and an attack error by the Monks increased the Bates lead to 19-9.

The teams traded points for a bit and the Monks were able to cut into the lead a little bit but a Murphy kill secured the first set victory for the Bobcats.

Bates sprinted out to a 9-1 lead in the second set. The run included back-to-back service aces from Brough and three McGrath kills.

Bates extended the lead to 11-2 before the Monks called timeout.

Out of the timeout, Bates did not slow down and extended the lead to 20-5 on a service ace from first-year Gabi Eustache (New York, N.Y.). Eustache finished the match with five aces overall. The Bobcats closed out the second set by a score of 25-8 behind three more Naughton kills.

Bates fell behind 8-5 early in the third set but the Bobcats rallied to take a 10-8 lead on a kill by McGrath, a kill by Murphy, back-to-back service aces from first-year Jordan Camarillo (Tucson, Ariz.), and another Murphy kill.

The Monks did not go away, coming back to grab a 15-12 lead. Naughton responded with a kill to cut the deficit to 15-13. After McGrath tallied a kill of her own to cut the lead to one, the teams traded points until a Naughton kill tied the match at 19.

With the score tied at 22, Naughton finessed home a kill to give Bates a 23-22 lead. After another Naughton kill, McGrath finished off the Monks by a final count of 25-22.

Bates resumes NESCAC play this Friday when they visit Williams for an 8:00 p.m. match.