Tufts Outlasts Bowdoin in Volleyball Marathon in Morrell Gym

Khelsea Gordon had eight blocks against Tufts on Tuesday evening
Khelsea Gordon had eight blocks against Tufts on Tuesday evening

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts University volleyball team defeated Bowdoin in a five-set marathon on Tuesday evening, 3-2, taking a key NESCAC victory in a two-and-a-half hour match at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Jumbos remain perfect in league play and improve to 6-1 overall (3-0 NESCAC). The Polar Bears drop to 5-3 (2-1 NESCAC) with the setback.

Match Highlights

  • The first game was emblematic of what was to come all evening as neither squad took more than a one-point lead until a late Bowdoin surge gave the hosts a 26-24 win.
  • Tufts battled back in the second, using a 3-0 run late, keyed by a pair of Brigid Bell kills, to take a 25-22 win and even the match at 1-1.
  • The Jumbos took the third game by the largest margin of the night, 25-19, as Mackenzie Bright sparked a 5-0 surge for the visitors in the middle of the game to pull ahead.
  • Bowdoin rallied to knot the score with a win in the fourth game, jumping to an early seven-point lead only to see the Jumbos rally to tie the score at 17 apiece. A 5-0 Polar Bear run late, however, clinched the win and set up a deciding fifth game.
  • With the deciding fifth tied at 5-5, Tufts put the contest out of reach with a 6-0, sparked by three kills from Bell to take a commanding 11-5 advantage. Bowdoin tried to close the gap, but could get no closer than four points as the Jumbos sealed the win. Tufts hit at .529% in the fifth game, totaling nine kills and zero errors.

By The Numbers

  • Mackenzie Bright led Tufts with 17 kills while Brigid Bell had 14. Bell also had 15 digs for the Jumbos.
  • Defensively, Christina Nwankpa had nine blocks while Kelly Klimo collected 24 digs. Rachel Furash had 45 assists and five kills for the Jumbos.
  • Caroline Flaharty ended with 15 kills and 15 digs for Bowdoin while Sydney Salle had 10 kills and six solo blocks.
  • Kate Kiser dished out 42 assists and Khelsea Gordon ended with seven kills and eight blocks for the Polar Bears. Lisa Sheldon recorded 23 digs.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will head to Kentucky for an out-of-region tournament this weekend - the Transylvania Invitational. The Polar Bears will open against Heidelberg in Lexington, Ky., on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m.