LEWISTON, Maine -- Trinity College received a big performance by junior outside hitter Hannah Brickley en route to a 3-0 win over host Bates College in a NESCAC volleyball match played Friday night at Alumni Gym.
The Bantams (11-10, 4-5 NESCAC) won by set scores of 25-17, 25-18, 25-22, and in so doing they clinched a spot in the eight-team field of the NESCAC Volleyball Championship, which begins next weekend.
With the loss, Bates (10-15, 1-8 NESCAC) dropped out of the race for a spot in the NESCAC tournament, and will finish the season tomorrow at 2pm with a home NESCAC match against Amherst.
The match was Senior Night for the three members of the Bobcats who are finishing their collegiate volleyball careers this weekend: Leah Abramson (Monument, Colo.), Eliza Pyne (Atherton, Calif.) and Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.). Russell was unable to play due to injury, one of several that have afflicted Bates' lineup in recent weeks.
Pyne led the Bobcats with eight kills and just two attack errors, for a .250 percentage, along with three blocks, and Abramson had two kills, three blocks and a team-high eight digs.
First-year Mary Deneen (Windsor, Conn.) added five kills with no attack errors and two blocks, and first-year Brynn Wendel (Boxford, Mass.) had six kills and two blocks. Sophomore setter Miranda Shapiro (New York, N.Y.) totaled a match-high 23 assists.
Brickley riddled the Bobcats with 17 kills and only two attack errors on 30 attempts, struck from all over the floor, to finish with a sparkling .500 attack percentage. She also had a match-high 16 digs. Springy Danielle Isaman added 11 kills against three errors (.348) with 10 digs and two blocks. Kate Giddens contributed seven killsand four aces, while Amy Hackett and Gina Buzzelli shared the team lead with 16 assists apiece.
Both teams played well in the first set, but Trinity was a bit better, attacking at a .429 clip compared to Bates' .267, the Bobcats' best rate of the match. Brickley had six kills and Isaman had four more in the frame, with neither player committing an error.
The Bantams kept firing away with success in the second set, posting an impressive .333 attack percentage behind five more error-free kills by Brickley.
The Bobcats kept fighting and clawed their way back from a 13-8 deficit in the third set to close it to 22-20, prompting a Trinity timeout. The teams traded two points apiece before Isaman closed out the match with a kill from the back row.