Women's Volleyball Splits Saturday Matches to Finish Fifth at MIT Invitiational

Bowdoin finished fifth at the two-day MIT Invitationa;
Bowdoin finished fifth at the two-day MIT Invitationa;

BOSTON, Mass. – The Bowdoin women's volleyball team split their final two matches of the weekend at the MIT Invitational as they cruised to a decisive win over Regis before falling to regionally ranked Springfield.

The Polar Bears (6-3) defeated Regis in straight sets (25-10, 25-14, 25-8). In their final match of the two day tournament, Bowdoin battled to a 3-2 setback against to Springfield (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12). Springfield currently holds the number two spot in the New England Women's Volleyball Association rankings and finished in first place overall at the Invitational.

Bowdoin eased to a 3-0 decision against Regis College in its opening match Sunday
. The team tallied a combined 11 aces, while the offense was paced by an eight kill performance from Hailey Wahl and Quincy Leech's 29 assists.

In the late match, Springfield and Bowdoin battled back and forth as they traded sets to open the match. Katie Doherty collected 14 kills, as teammate Erika Sklaver added 12 of her own along with 6 blocks. Emese Gaal rounded out Bowdoin's top three with ten kills.  Sophia Cornew continued to add to her assists total with 36 combined with 24 digs.

Sklaver was named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the two-day event. Of the five NESCAC teams competing in this weekends tournament, Bowdoin's fifth place finish was the highest among conference competitors.

Bowdoin opens NESCAC play next Friday evening, 8:00 PM, at Amherst.