MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to stun Middlebury 3-2 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Friday evening at Tufts University.
The third-seeded Polar Bears (15-9) advance to Saturday's NESCAC Semifinal against Wesleyan at 3:30 p.m. by bouncing Middlebury (16-9), the defending conference champions.
- The Polar Bears fell behind early, but bounced back to take the win in dramatic fashion, 22-25, 18-25, 25-17, 27-25, 15-10.
- After losses in the opening two sets, Bowdoin took an authoritative 25-17 win, using a late 6-0 run to close the gap to 2-1.
- With their season on the line in the fourth set, the Polar Bears fell behind midway through the frame and faced match point, behind 24-21.
- Bowdoin fended off three match points, rolling off a 4-0 run to take the lead, 25-24, and then getting two late kills by Ashley Williams to secure a 27-25 win.
- Bowdoin never trailed in the fifth set, using a decisive 6-1 run to create some space and take a 9-4 advantage on a Michelle Albright ace.
- Middlebury was able to close the gap to 12-10, but a Panther service error, another kill by Williams and a Caroline Flaharty ace clinched the victory for the Polar Bears.
By The Numbers
- After not winning a NESCAC Tournament match until 2011, the Polar Bears will now be making their seventh consecutive trip to the conference semifinals - the longest such streak in the league.
- Caroline Flaharty put home a match-best 18 kills and also carded 11 digs for the Polar Bears while Ashley Williams notched 17 kills in the win for Bowdoin.
- Kate Kiser dished out 55 assists, had three service aces and earned 17 digs in the victory. Lisa Sheldon led the Polar Bears with 21 digs.
- Michelle Albright pitched in a dozen kills and 14 digs.
- Middlebury was paced by 17 kills from Isabel Sessions and 39 assists from Emma Walsh.
- Bowdoin will face second-seeded Wesleyan at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for a trip to Sunday's NESCAC Championship match.