Women's Volleyball Drops Second NESCAC Match of Season at Middlebury

Katie Doherty had 21 digs to go with six kills against Middlebury
Katie Doherty had 21 digs to go with six kills against Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team lost just its second NESCAC match of the season, 3-1, at Middlebury on Friday evening.

With one match remaining in the regular season, the Polar Bears (20-6, 7-2 NESCAC) have been eliminated from contention for the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Bowdoin can secure the second seed in the championship with a win at Hamilton in its regular season finale Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Panthers (17-6, 4-5 NESCAC) won by set scores of 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17.

Bowdoin jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set before Middlebury came back to cut the lead to three at 15-12. The Polar Bears then ran off four straight points on their way to the 25-17 win. Middlebury led 13-12 in the second set before scoring four straight points to take a 17-12 advantage on its way to a 25-18 win. Megan Jarchow had six of her match-high 18 kills in the set.

In the key third set, neither team led by more than two points until the Panthers took a 17-14 advantage on a kill from Olivia Kolodka. The lead grew to 21-15 before Bowdoin came back to make it a 22-19 contest on a block. Middlebury was up one when Jarchow earned a kill to put the set away, 25-23.

Leading 13-12 in the fourth and final set, the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to put the match away, earning the 25-17 win.

Amy Hart aided Jarchow's 18 kills with 11, for Middlebury.

Christy Jewett led Bowdoin with eight kills while Katie Doherty and Clare Geyer each had six kills apiece. Doherty tied a match-high with 21 digs, followed by Ellie Brennan and Sophia Cornew (28 assists) with 13 apiece. Emma Patterson earned four block assists in the contest.