Women's Volleyball Rallies Late To Stun Tufts In Key NESCAC Win

Allyson Hawkins sealed the win for Bowdoin with back-to-back kills to clinch the fifth set
Allyson Hawkins sealed the win for Bowdoin with back-to-back kills to clinch the fifth set

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team rallied from an 11-6 deficit in the fifth set to stun Tufts, 15-13, and seal a key 3-2 NESCAC win over the Jumbos on Friday evening.

The Polar Bears remain unbeaten on the season and improve to 9-0 (3-0 NESCAC) with the 25-27, 25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory. Tufts falls to 6-4 (2-1 NESCAC) with the setback.

Match Highlights

  • In an extremely tight first set that saw the teams tied at points 20-25, a kill by Tufts' Christina Nwankpa and a service ace by Brigid Bell sealed the 27-25 win for the Jumbos and a 1-0 lead.
  • Bowdoin rebounded in the second set, rallying from an early 7-4 deficit to roll off an 8-0 run, sparked by back-to-back kills from Caroline Flaharty, to take a lead they would never relinquish in a 25-20 win to even the match at 2-2.
  • Tufts jumped to an 11-5 lead in the third set and closed out Bowdoin with a 6-1 run to take a 25-14 win and gain a 2-1 overall lead.
  • Bowdoin replied again, pulling away late in the fourth set after being tied at 15 apiece. Tufts closed to within 23-21, but a block by Kate Kiser and Sydney Salle, followed by a fortuitous ace by Lisa Sheldon that clipped the net, gave Bowdoin a 25-21 win and forced a deciding fifth set.
  • The Polar Bears again had their backs to the wall in the fifth, trailing 11-6 in the race to 15. But a kill by Flaharty and block by Cori Gray sparked a 6-1 run that tied the score at 12 apiece. After Tufts took a brief 13-12 edge, a Tufts service error evened the score and consecutive kills from first-year Allyson Hawkins put the match away, 15-13, in favor of Bowdoin.

By The Numbers

  • Ashley Williams was outstanding, posting a career-high 23 kills while Caroline Flaharty had 16 kills and 14 digs in the winning effort.
  • Kate Kiser dished out 46 assists while Lisa Sheldon had 26 digs. Emily King pitched in 19 digs and three service aces for the Polar Bears, who also got six blocks from Cori Gray.
  • Tufts was led by 18 kills from Brigid Bell and 38 assists from Rachel Furash
  • Bowdoin was able to overcome 27 attack errors on the evening thanks in great part to 11 service errors by Tufts, compared to just five for the Polar Bears.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin heads to the Johnson & Wales Invitational on Saturday for a pair of challenging matches against Scranton (3:00 p.m.) and fourth-ranked Johnson & Wales (5:00 p.m.)