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No. 2 Wesleyan Sweeps No. 7 Bates in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Photo by Brian Beard
Photo by Brian Beard

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Mia Hogan led all players with 12 kills and Nicole Hilton added eight with a .412 hitting percentage as second-seeded Wesleyan – the defending NESCAC Champions – swept seventh-seeded Bates College in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament Friday night by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-20.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 17-4 overall and advance to the semifinals where they will face either No. 3 Amherst or No. 6 Williams at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Bobcats' impressive season comes to an end with a 14-9 record. The team's 14 wins are the most since 2009.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals used a 7-0 run in the first set to earn a commanding 25-15 win. Delaney Mayfield of Bates recorded a kill to cut the deficit to three, 12-9, but the Cardinals rallied with seven unanswered to essentially put the set out of reach. The Bobcats scored five of the next seven points but it wasn't enough as a kill by Stasie Litinsky gave Wesleyan the 1-0 lead in the match.
  • Bates scored the first three points in the second frame but the Cardinals went on a 10-2 run to pull ahead, 17-12. The Bobcats cut the deficit to two, 20-18, but it was the closest they would get the rest of the way as Wesleyan closed out the set by scoring five of the next six points to win 25-19. The Cardinals recorded 14 kills and hit .220.
  • It was all Wesleyan in the third. The Bobcats got within one, 11-10, but the Cardinals scored six unanswered points to essentially put the match away. Bates wouldn't go down easily as it scored six of seven points to cut the deficit to four, 24-20. However, the deficit was too much to overcome and a kill from Kaira Muraoka-Robertson eventually sealed the victory. The third frame was Wesleyan's most efficient as it totaled 14 kills and just one error for a .241 attack clip.   

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Litinsky added nine kills for the Cardinals and Muraoka-Robertson recorded another double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs. Phia Bellizzi led the defense with 24 digs, Jenna Otaola totaled 13, and Madeleine Lundberg and Olivia Guidotti each added 10. Hilton was a force at the net as she finished with six blocks.
  • Ruby Lightbourn and Claire Naughton led Bates with eight kills each and Sydney Phillips totaled seven. Julia Panepinto registered 30 assists and 12 digs, and Gabi Eustache tallied a match-high 25 digs.