BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team has garnered several All-Region honors in advance of the NCAA Division III Tournament that begins on Friday.
Bowdoin senior Melissa Haskell (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Sophia Cornew (Portola Valley, Calif.) both earned First Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference selections. In addition, Haskell, Cornew and first-year Christy Jewett (Sunnyvale, Calif.) were all honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as All-New England recipients.
The Polar Bears will face Emerson College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action live from New London, Conn. via video webcast (see link above). See below for a preview of the regional.
A senior co-captain and outside hitter, Haskell enjoyed a phenomenal campaign for the Polar Bears. She led Bowdoin with 289 kills and ranked ninth in the conference in kills per game (2.89) and eighth in hitting percentage (.268). She was also eighth in the league with 47 aces this fall. Against Middlebury in the NESCAC Semifinals last weekend, she became just the second player in program history to surpass 1,000 kills (1,007) and 1,000 digs (1,203) her career. She currently sits third all-time at the school in kills, fourth in digs, fifth in aces.
One of the premiere setters in the region, Sophia Cornew was spectacular this fall, posting more assists (901) than any other player in the league. She also totaled 47 aces this year to stand fifth in the NESCAC. After three seasons, Cornew boasts two of the program's top five single-season assist totals, with last year's 1,067 establishing a new school mark. Her 2,386 career assists are third-best in program history and give her an outside chance of reaching Margo Linton's school record 3,215 next year.
First-year Christy Jewett became the first Bowdoin rookie to ever earn All-Region honors and was one of just two freshman to make the AVCA All-New England team along with MIT's Ada Taylor. Her 257 kills this season were the most by a Bowdoin first-year since Kristin Hanczor's 319 in 2008. She ranked fifth in the NESCAC with a .293 hitting percentage and her 105 kills were second in the conference and are the fourth-most in a single-season in school history.
NCAA Regional Preview
Bowdoin enters the NCAA Division III regional at Connecticut College with a 26-4 record, one win shy of the program mark for victories set last year. It is just the second NCAA Tournament bid for the Polar Bears, who went 1-1 in last year's tournament.
The Polar Bears have played their first round opponent Emerson three times in school history are are 3-0 all-time against the Lions, most recently taking a 3-2 win in 2010. Emerson is 19-10 this season and won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament this season to earn the league's automatic bid to the tournament. Bowdoin has played just one GNAC team this year - Mount Ida - and took a 3-0 win, as did Emerson in the GNAC Quarterfinals a week ago. Emerson has played just one NESCAC team this year - Amherst- and lost 3-0 while Bowdoin took a 3-1 win over the Jeffs in September.
If the Polar Bears are victorious on Friday they will play either Roger Williams or Springfield on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The regional final is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
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