Volleyball Advances To NCAA Regional Final With Sweep of Johns Hopkins

Sophia Pahl had a pair of aces in Bowdoin's win over Johns Hopkins (Photo courtesy of David Wuerth)
Sophia Pahl had a pair of aces in Bowdoin's win over Johns Hopkins (Photo courtesy of David Wuerth)

BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Bowdoin College volleyball team rolled over Johns Hopkins 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday at Babson College.

The Polar Bears (29-1) advance to Sunday's regional final for the fourth time in program history and third time in the last five years. Bowdoin will play the winner of Babson-Wellesley at 2 p.m. Sunday for a trip to the National Quarterfinals. Johns Hopkins ends its season with a record of 22-8.

Match Highlights

  • Bowdoin prevailed in three close sets, but led throughout most of the match in a 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 victory.
  • Tied at 12-12 in the first set, Bowdoin used a 7-2 run to take command, capping the run on a service ace from Caroline Flaharty to build a 19-14 lead. After the Blue Jays closed to within 19-16, the Polar Bears answered with a 4-0 surge to take a 23-16 lead en route to the 1-0 overall lead.
  • The second set saw the teams trade early blows until a key 5-1 surge by Bowdoin opened up a 19-14 lead late. Johns Hopkins could get no closer than two points for the remainder of the set as a kill by Ashley Williams clinched the set and gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 overall advantage.
  • Bowdoin opened up a 16-10 advantage as a pair of Caroline Flaharty kills keyed a four-point Polar Bear run. Bowdoin extended their lead to as many as six points before a late 7-0 JHU run gave them their first lead of the set, 23-22. Bowdoin replied with a 3-0 run to seal the victory, taking advantage of a ball handling error and two attack kills by the Blue Jays to put it on ice.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin took advantage of 21 Johns Hopkins attack errors in the victory, getting a balanced offensive attack that included nine kills apiece from Sydney Salle and Caroline Flaharty.
  • Lisa Sheldon had 20 digs, Kate Kiser had 26 assists and Salle finished with four blocks in the victory. Bowdoin had 12 blocks in the match.
  • Bowdoin had six service aces, including two each from Cori Gray and Sophia Pahl.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will look to make its second trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday when they face Babson or Wellesley at 2:00 p.m. in Babson Park, Mass.
  • The Polar Bears defeated Wellesley 3-2 earlier this season (Oct. 20) and have not played Babson since the 2015 NCAA Tournament, a 3-1 Bowdoin victory.