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Volleyball team loses in straight games at Tufts

STATS: Tufts 3, Bates 0

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Tufts University volleyball team moved over .500 in NESCAC action for the first time this season with a 3-0 victory versus Bates College at Cousens Gymnasium on Friday night.

Bates fell to 1-5 in NESCAC and 10-13 overall. The Jumbos improved to 10-0 on their home floor with the victory.

Tufts took care of the Bobcats relatively easily, except for the middle game when a long Bates scoring run made it close. The Jumbos won that game, 30-27, after taking a 30-20 final in the first game and winning the match with a 30-15 result in game three.

Leading the Bobcats with seven kills apiece were first-year players Liz Leberman (Concord, N.H.) and Avery Masters (Mill Valley, Calif.). Senior captain Katie Graeff (Chevy Chase, Md.) registered 25 assists in the three games.

Senior co-captain Kelli Harrison led Tufts offensively and defensively with 12 kills and 15 digs. She also added three service aces and no passing errors in 17 attempts to a solid overall performance. Junior Katie Wysham and sophomore Kate Denniston each contributed nine kills to the attack, and Wysham was a force at the net with seven blocks.

Bates plays at Colby on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in a NESCAC matchup beginning at 7 p.m.