Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. – Behind a season high 15 kills from sophomore Brigid Bell, top-seeded Tufts defeated No. 8 Bates, 3-1, in NESCAC Quarterfinal action in Cousens Gym on Friday night.
With the win the Jumbos improve to 21-5 on the year and advance to the NESCAC Semifinals where they will take on the winner of No. 4 Hamilton No. 5 Amherst at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Bobcats see their season come to an end with a 12-14 mark.
Bates jumped out to an early lead in the first set. The Jumbos tied the game at 9-9, and the two teams traded points until Tufts scored six straight points behind the serve of Kelly Klimo to take a 16-11 lead. The Jumbos maintained the lead to take the first set, 25-16.
The Jumbos carried the momentum into the second set, taking an early lead. The Bobcats evened the set at 15-15 and the two teams would trade points and the lead until teh game was locked at 20. Tufts received kills from Maddie Stewart, Mackenzie Bright and Bell and an ace from Heather Holz to take a 24-20 advantage and went on to win 25-23 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Bates earned a win in a tightly contested third set. Neither team led by more than three points as the team traded leads. With the score knotted at 23-23, a kill from Delaney Mayfield and a Jumbo error gave the Bobcats a 25-23 victory to move the match score to 2-1 in the Jumbos favor.
After trading points early on in the fourth set, Tufts took a lead and held on to post a 25-19 win to close out the match, 3-1.
Bell led the Jumbos with a season-high 15 kills and added 12 digs. Bright finished with 11 kills and Sophia Acker added a season-high 10 kills. Klimo led the Tufts' defense with a season-high 32 digs and Angela Yu added 12 digs and 20 assists.
For the Bobcats, Angel Echipue recorded nine kills and five blocks and Taylor Stafford-Smith added eight kills and 16 digs. Gabi Eustache led the defensive effort with 20 digs, while Jaqueline Forney registered 16 digs and 31 assists.