Bowdoin Opens Weekend With Pair of Victories as Senior Class Eclipses Wins Record

Melissa Haskell (11) had an oustanding night to lead Bowdoin to two non-conference wins
Melissa Haskell (11) had an oustanding night to lead Bowdoin to two non-conference wins

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team celebrated the beginning of Senior Weekend at Morrell Gymnasium with a pair of non-conference wins on Friday evening over Colby-Sawyer (3-0) and Coast Guard (3-1).

With the wins, Bowdoin's senior class of Tory Edelman, Melissa Haskell and Hillary Cederna improve to 82 career victories, making them the winningest class in program history.

The 25th-ranked Polar Bears move to 18-2 this fall while Colby-Sawyer drops 9-13 and Coast Guard to 14-9.

Bowdoin eased past the Chargers in their opener on Friday evening by set scores of 25-16, 25-13, 25-14. Haskell led the Polar Bear attack with nine kills and nine digs while Christy Jewett tagged eight kills without an error. The Polar Bears had 18 total blocks in the contest, led by seven block assists from Edelman. Cederna had seven kills and eight digs while Sophia Cornew had 28 assists and 11 digs. Jackie Keating led Colby-Sawyer with eight digs while Laura Smolinski had 15 assists and Ally Le-Bruno earned 13 digs.

In a very competitive nightcap, Bowdoin cruised through the opening set against Coast Guard, but had to battle the Bears for an eventual 25-15, 25-21, 25-27, 25-23 win. Haskell was outstanding again with 10 kills, two aces, 23 digs and six blocks in the victory. Jewett had 12 kills to go with five blocks while Cederna notched seven kills and a team-high 26 digs. Edelman had eight kills, three aces and four blocks while Cornew dished out 39 assists and grabbed 16 digs.

Catherine Walker, Keriann Mason and Karen Matic had 10 kills each for Coast Guard. Matic also dealt 20 assists and had 15 digs for the Bears in defeat. Samantha Marmolejo led the squad with 26 digs overall.

Bowdoin will host a full day of volleyball action on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. as the Polar Bears host Hamilton College in a NESCAC match and Coast Guard plays Wellesley. At 2:30 p.m., the teams switch opponents. Colby-Sawyer will travel to Maine Maritime tomorrow for a pair of NAC matches against Husson (10:00 a.m.) and the Mariners (2:00 p.m.).