CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team earned a pair of important regional wins Saturday afternoon at MIT.
The Polar Bears cruised to a 3-0 win over Simmons to open the day (25-11, 25-14, 25-18) before rallying to take down the host Engineers 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 26-28, 16-14), who entered this week ranked seventh in the latest New England poll. Bowdoin improves to 14-4 with its seventh-straight win and currently ranks fifth in the NEWVA rankings.
In the sweep of Simmons, Katie Doherty led the way for Bowdoin with nine kills and seven digs while also serving four aces. Clare Geyer had eight kills for Bowdoin while Quincy Leech added 23 assists. The Polar Bears committed just nine attack errors as a team in the win.
Against MIT, Bowdoin rallied from a one-set deficit to take a 2-1 advantage before a marathon fourth set saw MIT come away with a 28-26 win to even the score at two sets apiece. The Polar Bears trailed just once in the fifth set - at 3-2 - but couldn't put away the Engineers until a pair of late MIT service errors sealed the 15-13 win. Christy Jewett had 14 kills and nine digs while Geyer notched 10 kills - and no errors - to go with three blocks while Ellie Brennan had nine kills and four blocks. Doherty was solid defensively with 16 digs while Taylor Vail added 12. Leech had 44 assists to spark the offense for the Polar Bears.
After playing just three home matches thus far, Bowdoin will play its next four matches in Morrell Gymnasium. All four are NESCAC contests, beginning next weekend against Conn. College (Friday, 8:00 p.m.) and Tufts (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.).