LEWISTON, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team rebounded from a one-set deficit to defeat Bates, 3-1, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference match Wednesday evening at Alumni Gymnasium.
After falling in the opening set, the Polar Bears bounced back to take a 19-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 victory to improve to 9-4 (2-1 NESCAC) this season. Bates falls to 6-7 (0-3 NESCAC) with the loss.
Clare Geyer had a team-best 11 kills for Bowdoin, while Christy Jewett pitched in 10 kills and six digs. Taylor Vail earned 19 digs and four aces while Quincy Leech dug out 11 balls and dished out 35 assists and posted four aces in the win. Abby Leberman had 10 kills and three aces for Bates.
Bates closed the first set on an 8-3 run but Bowdoin quickly sprinted to a 12-6 lead in the second set to deadlock the match at 1-1. The Bobcats jumped to a 7-1 advantage in the third set, but Bowdoin chipped away at the Bates lead and used an impressive 11-2 surge to take a 18-14 lead in the eventual 2-1 advantage.
The fourth and final set proved to be the most competitive of the night as the teams traded points and found themselves tied at 19-19. The Polar Bears, thanks to a pair of key kills by Christy Jewett, took six of the final eight points to seal the win.
The Polar Bears will return to action with their first home weekend of the season this Friday and Saturday at the Midcoast Classic. Bowdoin will host the University of New Brunswick in an exhibition match 7:00 p.m. Friday before playing Brandeis (11:00 a.m.) and Colby-Sawyer (3:00 p.m.) in Morrell Gymnasium Saturday.