October 26-27, 2001  

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State of Maine Championships at Colby
Waterville, Maine

Bates 3, Maine-Farmington 0
Bates 3, Bowdoin 0
Bates 0, Colby 3

Bates (22-9)        30   30   30
UMF                 10   13   14

Bates (23-9)        30   30   30
Bowdoin             15   26    9         

Bates (23-10)       25   28   16
Colby               30   30   30


WATERVILLE, Maine — Senior outside hitter Lauren Fennessey (Joplin, Mo.) was named Maine Player of the Year at the 2001 State of Maine Volleyball championships this weekend. The Bobcats finished second at the tournament, snappng their streak of three consecutive state titles.

The Bobcats opened defense of their State of Maine championship with a convicing win over the University of Maine-Farmington. The Bobcats doubled the Beavers in all three games, 30-10, 30-13, 30-14. First-year setter Kristen Johnson (Denver, Colo.) led the way with 24 assists and nine service aces. Fennessey added six kills and five aces, while first-year OH Olivia Zurek (Arlington, Mass.) had a team-high seven digs.

The Bobcats faced Bowdoin in the semifinals and breezed past the Polar Bears, 3-0. Fennessey had 16 kills, 11 digs and four sevice aces in the match, while sophomore OH Liz Wanless (Belleville, Ill.) added 13 kills and seven digs.

In the championship match, Bates faced Colby for the third time this season, and the White Mules had the better of the play for the first time, sweeping the Bobcats, 3-0. Wanless recorded 10 kills, while Fennessey added 16 digs and Zurek 15, but Bates could not finish off the hosts in two close opening games before falling 30-16 in the third.

Wanless and Fennessey were named to the All-State first team for the second year in a row, while senior Lisa Dulude (Wellesley, Mass.) was named to the second team for the first post-season honor of her career.

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