Women's Volleyball Blanks Tufts, Advances to NESCAC Semifinals

Women's Volleyball Blanks Tufts, Advances to NESCAC Semifinals
Sophia Cornew had 29 assists in Friday's win (photo courtesy of Connecticut College)

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team dominated from start-to-finish of a 3-0 victory over Tufts in the Quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Friday evening at Connecticut College.

The Polar Bears won by game scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 to improve to 26-3 this season. Bowdoin advances to play Middlebury in the semifinals at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon for a trip to Sunday's NESCAC title match.

Bowdoin used a balanced attack to take its third win over Tufts this year. Christy Jewett had nine kills while Melissa Haskell posted eight kills, two aces and 13 digs in the win. Hillary Cederna had seven kills and eight digs and Ellie Brennan posted five kills, seven digs and five blocks. Sophia Cornew sparked the Polar Bear attack with 29 assists to go with four kills and six digs.

Kelly Brennan and Kemi Amurawaiye each had five kills for Tufts, who finishes its season with a record of 13-13. Bowdoin had already defeated the Jumbos on October 6 (3-2) and October 19 (3-0).

Saturday's semifinal meeting with Middlebury will be a rematch of an October 26 meeting between the teams in Vermont, won 3-1 by the Panthers. Bowdoin took a 3-0 meeting last fall in the 2011 NESCAC Championship game.