NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - Despite splitting their second day of matches at the Hall of Fame Invitational, the Bowdoin women's volleyball team had a record-breaking afternoon Saturday in Massachusetts.
The Polar Bears (20-5) lost their early match to Wellesley (25-21, 25-13, 25-20) but rebounded to down Wheaton 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-21). Libero Taylor Vail was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 5.0 digs/set over the three matches.
WIth the win over Wheaton, Bowdoin recorded the sixth 20-win season in school history, reaching the plateau for the third consecutive season. It is the first time that the Polar Bears have won 20+ matches in three consecutive years in school history. Additionally, Bowdoin's senior class of Ellie Brennan, Taylor Vail and Sophia Cornew became the winningest class in school history, posting their 93rd win, surpassing the record of 92 established by last year's seniors.
In the win over Wheaton, Katie Doherty paced the Polar Bears with 10 kills and two service aces. Emma Patterson had a match-high eight blocks while Hailey Wahl notched seven kills and five blocks. Vail had a team-best 13 digs while Quincy Leech added 20 assists.
Earlier, in the setback to Wellesley, Patterson had five kills and four blocks for Bowdoin. Clare Geyer and Christy Jewett had six kills apiece for the Polar Bears, who were hampered by 24 attack errors in the loss. Cornew had 20 assists and 12 digs while Vail had 11 digs.
The Polar Bears will look to secure a high seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship when they close out their regular season next weekend. The Polar Bears will travel to play at Middlebury on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. before making the trip to Hamilton for a Saturday afternoon match scheduled for 2:00 p.m.