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Volleyball cruises past Maine Maritime, 3-0

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates sophomore setter Tess Walther (Santa Monica, Calif.) had nine of the Bobcats' 18 aces, to go with three kills and 17 assists, to lead the Bobcats to a 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-17) non-conference victory over Maine Maritime Academy Wednesday night at Alumni Gym.

The visiting Mariners dropped to 5-5 while the host Bobcats rose above the .500 mark at 7-6.

Walther set the tone as Bates' first server of the night, serving seven straight times as Bates grabbed an early 8-2 lead. The Mariners called timeout when facing deficits of 12-3 and 23-7 in the set as Bates rolled to its first set victory, 25-9. Senior Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.) had three of her six kills in the match in the first set.

MMA's Melissa Lail had three of her five kills in the second set, while Bates first-year Mary Deneen (Windsor, Conn.) countered with three of her six kills in the frame, as Bates seized a 2-0 lead. Russell and first-year Brynn Wendel (Boxford, Mass.) led the Bobcats with three kills apiece as Bates polished off the 3-0 victory by outscoring MMA 25-17.

Wendel had a match-high eight kills, while first-years Laryssa Schepel (Flemington, N.J.) and Kelsey Berry (Hollis, N.H.) tied for the match lead with 12 digs apiece. Senior Eliza Pyne (Atherton, Calif.) had four kills, two blocks and two aces, and Russell added two aces and eight digs.

Lail and Ariel Knights led Maine Maritime with five kills apiece, with Lail adding a team-high 10 digs. Jennifer Dixon amassed 16 assists.

Maine Maritime next plays a pair of matches Saturday at Green Mountain College, taking on NAC opponents Castleton and Green Mountain.

Bates next plays at NESCAC opponent Williams on Friday at 8pm (Video).