Women's Volleyball Opens MIT Invitational With Friday Split

Emese Gaal led Bowdoin in kills in both Saturday matches

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Bowdoin women's volleyball team bounced back from an earlier loss to Roger Williams to defeat Brandeis Friday evening on the opening day of the MIT Invitational.

The Polar Bears lost to Roger Williams, the top-ranked team in the latest New England poll, 3-1 (25-18, 27-29, 25-22, 25-15) before blanking Brandeis 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-18). Bowdoin stands at 5-2 overall this season and will play a pair of matches Saturday at MIT against Regis (12:00 p.m.) and Springfield (4:00 p.m.).

Against the Hawks, Bowdoin battled from a 1-0 deficit to take a thrilling 29-27 win in game two. Roger Williams claimed the final two games to take a hard-fought win, however, to take their first-ever win over Bowdoin. A pair of first-years led the way for the Polar Bears as Erika Sklaver posted 12 kills and five blocks and Katie Doherty racked up 12 kills and 17 digs.

In the Brandeis match, Sklaver again paced the team with 14 kills. Doherty had 12 kills and 13 digs while Sophia Cornew posted 33 assists. Emese Gaal had 16 digs in the win.