BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team survived a five-set scare from the University of Southern Maine in its season debut on Wednesday evening, collecting a 3-2 triumph.
The Polar Bears (1-0) claimed the win by the score of 22-25, 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 15-9. Southern Maine (3-1) suffered its first defeat of the young campaign.
- The Huskies used a 7-1 run early in the first set to take command and never trailed after the opening moments to take a 25-22 victory and 1-0 overall lead.
- Bowdoin rebounded to take the next two sets, cruising to a 25-14 victory in the second and using a 6-2 run to close the third and take a 25-20 win.
- USM was on the ropes late in the fourth set, facing match point with Bowdoin serving, but a kill by Alayna McNally and consecutive aces by Mo Raymond gave the visitors a 26-24 win and forced a deciding fifth set.
- The Huskies sprinted to an early 6-3 lead in the fifth and appeared to be in great shape but Bowdoin, sparked by five kills from Sydney Salle, rolled off a 12-3 run to close out the match, getting the clinching point on a block from Salle.
By The Numbers
- Salle racked up 17 kills and nine blocks in the winning effort for Bowdoin while Michelle Albright added 15 and Ashley Williams recorded 12.
- In her first collegiate match, first-year setter Kate Kiser totaled 54 assists, seven kills and three service aces. Lisa Sheldon paced Bowdoin with 35 digs.
- Southern Maine got a tremendous offensive effort from Jess Williamson, who led all players with 20 kills while adding 15 digs.
- Nichole Schmitz had 34 assists while Kyle Austin added 10 kills and five blocks for the Huskies.
- Bowdoin returns to action this weekend at the New England Invitational. The Polar Bears open at Brandeis on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.
- Southern Maine travels to Emmanuel for a pair of matches on Saturday against St. Joseph (Conn.) and Emmanuel at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., respectively.