Women's Volleyballs Polishes Off Perfect Weekend at Hall of Fame Tourney

Melissa Haskell earned Hall of Fame All-Tournament honors
Melissa Haskell earned Hall of Fame All-Tournament honors

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team completed a perfect weekend with a pair of regional wins at the Hall of Fame Tournament hosted by Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges this weekend.

In Saturday's action, the Polar Bears beat MIT 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21) and Wheaton 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-9) to improve to 23-2 this fall. Bowdoin's 23 victories are the second-most in a single season in program history, trailing only last year's record-setting 27-win campaign.

Bowdoin, along with Springfield, were the only teams to finish 3-0 at the Tournament. Melissa Haskell was Bowdoin's representative on the All-Tournament Team.

Against MIT, Bowdoin held a two-set lead before relinquishing the third set to the Engineers. The Polar Bears rebounded to take the final set and earn the important regional win. Christy Jewett led the way for Bowdoin with 10 kills while Haskell had seven kills and 13 digs. Hillary Cederna had nine kills and nine digs while Sophia Cornew dished out 31 assists and had seven aces.

The Polar Bears cruised to a 3-0 win over Wheaton in their afternoon match. Luisa LaSalle put home 11 kills in the victory while Jewett recorded nine.

In regards to the NESCAC Tournament, Bowdoin controls its own destiny with two matches remaining next weekend. After a rescheduled non-conference tilt at Colby on Tuesday night, the Polar Bears will travel to Middlebury next Friday (8:00 p.m.) and Williams on Saturday (2:00 p.m.). A pair of wins will clinch the top seed and hosting rights for the NESCAC Tournament. A loss in either or both matches brings several different scenarios into play.

Complete box scores will be posted online when available.