Polar Bears Storm Past Panthers For Comeback Volleyball Win

Lisa Sheldon had 32 digs in the win against Middlebury
Lisa Sheldon had 32 digs in the win against Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin College volleyball team matched the program record for best start to a season, improving to 18-1 with a dramatic 3-2 win at Middlebury on Saturday.

The Polar Bears (18-1, 8-0 NESCAC) won their third five-set match of the season and match the best start to a season in school history set by the 2011 squad. Middlebury falls to 12-4 (5-3 NESCAC) with the loss.

Match Highlights

  • Bowdoin earned the win by scores of 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-12, 15-9.
  • The Polar Bears took an early 8-2 lead in the opening set only to see the Panthers rally to tie the score at 14. Middlebury took a late 20-17 lead, but Bowdoin closed the set on a 8-2 surge, sparked by late kills from Sydney Salle and Kate Kiser to take a 1-0 lead.
  • Middlebury cruised in the second set to tie the score 1-1 and then used a late 6-2 run to take the third set, 25-23, and a 2-1 overall lead.
  • Bowdoin forced the tiebreaker after an impressive fourth set, using a 15-5 run to end the set in the 25-12 win.
  • In the deciding set, Bowdoin burst out of gate to take a 4-1 lead and never trailed. The Panthers stayed within striking distance until a game-clinching 8-2 run by Bowdoin gave them an insurmountable 13-6 lead following a service ace by Emily King.

By The Numbers

  • A balanced Bowdoin attack saw three players with double-digit kills, led by 11 from Caroline Flaharty and Ashley Williams and ten from Sydney Salle.
  • Lisa Sheldon had 32 digs while Flaharty added 16 and Emily King posted 13.
  • Kate Kiser dished out 46 assists and Cori Gray had nine blocks for Bowdoin.
  • Middlebury was paced by 14 kills apiece from Isabel Sessions and Sarah Staver. Middlebury committed 31 attack errors in the match.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hosts Bates on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in a non-conference match at Morrell Gymnasium.