Polar Bears Rally in Second Set, Earn Key NESCAC Win Over Tufts

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team rallied from a huge second-set deficit en route to a decisive 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) win over Tufts University in New England Small College Athletic Conference action at Morrell Gymnasium Friday evening.

Bowdoin sets a new school record with their 11th consecutive win and improves to 12-1 (3-0 NESCAC). The Jumbos fall to 9-3 (2-1 NESCAC). The Polar Bears entered Friday's contest ranked fifth in the latest New England poll while Tufts stood fourth.

Bowdoin scored the last four points of a competitive opening set to take a 25-23 win, but quickly fell behind a Tufts squad that came out firing in the second. Tufts built an 11-1 lead, forcing a Bowdoin timeout, before the Polar Bears rallied with a 12-6 surge of their own to cut the Jumbos' lead to 17-13. Another Polar Bear run, this time 7-3, deadlocked the contest at 20 apiece. The teams traded points, with Tufts holding a 23-22 lead, before back-to-back kills by Hillary Cederna gave Bowdoin their first lead of the set. Kristin Hanczor iced the set with a nice touch over a pair of oncoming defenders to give the Polar Bears a 25-23 set win. The Jumbos couldn't respond in the third set as Bowdoin took an early lead and cruised to a 25-21 win.

Melissa Haskell had 10 kills for Bowdoin while Tory Edelman and Cederna had seven apiece. Jillian Berkman notched five aces and 12 digs while Sophia Cornew dished out 28 assists and earned 12 digs for the Polar Bears. Tufts was led by nine kills each from Hayley Hopper and Cara Spieler. Kendall Lord sparked the attack with 24 assists for the Jumbos while Audrey Kuan posted 16 digs.