Women's Volleyball Looks To Repeat as NESCAC Champions This Weekend

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team will look to repeat as conference champions when they travel to play in the NESCAC Tournament this weekend at Connecticut College.

The third-seeded Polar Bears will play sixth-seeded Tufts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday in the quarterfinal round. A live webcast will be provided at http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/.

Defending champion Bowdoin (25-3, 8-2) is in the midst of one of its most successful seasons in program history. Despite coming up just short in their bid to host the NESCAC Championship for the second year in a row, the Polar Bears are still considered a strong candidate to repeat. They enjoyed minimal success in the postseason until their impressive title run in 2011, when they topped Colby, Trinity and Middlebury to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Bowdoin reeled off 12 straight wins before falling to the Panthers last Friday. Junior setter Sophia Cornew (Portola Valley, Calif.) has spearheaded the team's offensive attack with 9.51 assists per set.

Sixth seeded Tufts (13-12, 6-4 NESCAC) will have the first opportunity to unseat the Polar Bears. The Jumbos were in the mix for first place entering the weekend before losses to Williams and Middlebury ended their chances. Among their six league wins was a 3-1 triumph over Connecticut College on September 28. Tufts took home the title in 1996 and has advanced to the finals seven times. Bowdoin defeated the Jumbos twice during the regular season.

A complete preview of the event, including the tournament program, is available at http://www.nescac.com