WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team advanced to their second NESCAC Championship match in the last three seasons with another thrilling five-set win on Saturday, 3-2, over Amherst.
The second-seeded Polar Bears improved to 23-6 with their second win this season over third-seeded Amherst (20-8). Bowdoin claimed the win by set scores of 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-20, and 15-13.
Christy Jewett was sensational for the second consecutive day, posting 24 kills to go with 16 digs and seven aces. Quincy Leech totaled 48 assists and 25 digs in the win. Senior Ellie Brennan carded 15 kills while classmate Taylor Vail had 17 digs for the Polar Bears. For Amherst, Nicole Gould led the offense with 20 kills, while Nicole Carer lead the defense with 25 digs. Nicole Garter had 36 assists.
In the first set, Bowdoin and Amherst battled back and forth, until the end when Christy Jewett's scored an ace to clinch the 25- 22 win. Amherst rallied to knot the match with 25-22 win in the second set and the Jeffs jumped to an early lead and with a strong performance from their defense and outside hitters, to claim the third 25-15.
With their backs to the wall for the second-straight day, the Polar Bears never trailed in the fourth set in an eventual 25-20 victory.
Bowdoin jumped head in the deciding fifth set, leading 7-2, but Amherst rallied to close to 8-7. The teams traded points to 13-13, but Bowdoin took the next two points to take the match, 15-13.
Bowdoin will face Williams tomorrow at noon for the NESCAC title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that goes to the champion. The Polar Bears are looking to claim their second NESCAC crown to go with their 2011 title. Williams is looking for their first conference championship since winning three-straight from 2007-09.