CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy used a balanced attack to hand Bates a 3-0 loss in volleyball Tuesday evening. The Mariners (7-1) turned in their seventh 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-18, 25-22) of the season to move to 2-3 in the series with the Bobcats (0-5).
Jennifer Dixon (Woodstock, Md.) spread the wealth while she was ringing up 28 assists. She fed the bulk of Chelsea Ward's (Homer, Alaska) 11 kills, as well the eight kills from Kayley Rodriguez (Quincy, Ill.) and Melissa Lail (Elizabeth, Colo.). Sydney Robertson (Barnstead, N.H.) chimed in with seven kills on 14 attacks. She enjoyed an error-free evening in her offense.
The Mariners were solid in their blocking game, which proved the difference in the tightly contested sets. Robertson recorded a solo block and five assisted blocks, while Ward offered up a solo and three assists. Ward also had a dozen digs to lead the team. Heather Moore (Macedon, N.Y.) and Lail each had a pair of assisted blocks. Moore had four aces and 11 digs in the victory.
Bates, which had a four-point lead early in the final set, got 10 kills and six digs from Chrissy Gee (San Francisco, Calif.). Olivia Schow (Costa Mesa, Calif.) had five kills, while Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) served four aces. Bates was plagued by 21 attack errors and eight service errors.
MMA returns to action on Saturday in the Second Annual Maritime Classic, featuring the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Massachusetts Maritime, and SUNY-Maritime. This year's event ill be played in Throggs Neck, N.Y.
Bates (0-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Chrissy Gee 10-1-0; Eliza Pyne 5-0-2; Olivia Schow 5-0-0; Emma Getsinger 3-4-0; Nicole Russell 1-1-0; Tess Walther 0-0-2; Totals 24-6-2.0. (Assists) - Tess Walther 19. (Dig leaders) - Nicole Russell 13; Tess Walther 8
Maine Maritime (7-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Chelsea Ward 11-0-4; Melissa Lail 8-1-2; Kayley Rodriguez 8-1-1; Sydney Robertson 7-0-6; Jennifer Dixon 2-2-1; Lauren Sakahara 1-0-0; Heather Moore 1-4-2; Totals 38-8-9.0. (Assists) - Jennifer Dixon 28. (Dig leaders) - Chelsea Ward 12; Heather Moore 11; Lauren Sakahara 10; Kayley Rodriguez 9