Vail Named Top Defensive Player as Volleyball Collects All-NESCAC Awards

Taylor Vail is Bowdoin's first NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year recipient
Taylor Vail is Bowdoin's first NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year recipient

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Senior co-captain Taylor Vail (Glendale, Calif.) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year to headline a trio of All-Conference honors Wednesday for the Bowdoin volleyball team.

In addition to Vail's honor, fellow senior co-captain Ellie Brennan (Medway, Mass.) and sophomore Christy Jewett (Sunnyvale, Calif.) were recognized as Second Team All-NESCAC selections.

Vail is the first Bowdoin player to receive Defensive Player of the Year recognition after a fantastic senior campaign. She ranked among the league leaders in digs per set (3.62) and had a .922 reception percentage this fall. With seven digs in the NESCAC Championship match against Williams, Vail became the program's all-time leader with 1,567 digs in her career.

Brennan closed out a phenomenal career with her first All-NESCAC honor. After a 147-kill, 60-block campaign, she rounds out her career with 214 blocks, ranking fifth all-time at Bowdoin, and 761 career kills. Jewett missed several matches due to injury, but was also among the league's best with 3.18 kills/set, 2.35 digs/set and 33 service aces. The sophomore was a monster at the NESCAC Tournament, highlighted by a 24-kill, 16-dig performance in the semifinal win against Amherst.

Bowdoin finished the season with a record of 23-7 and ended as runners-up at the NESCAC Championship Tournament. The Polar Bears have reached the 20-win plateau in each of the last three seasons - the first time it has been done in program history.