Volleyball Falls In Regional Final to Babson

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Photo courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com

BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team saw its record-setting season come to an end in a 3-0 loss to Babson in the regional final of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday at Babson.

The Polar Bears finish the year with a program-record 29 wins against just two losses and the 2018 NESCAC Championship. The Beavers (26-8) advance to the national quarterfinals next weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Match Highlights

  • The Polar Bears lost in three close sets, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22. It was Bowdoin's first three-set loss of the season.
  • Babson opened up a 17-11 lead in the first set and Bowdoin couldn't recover, cutting the lead to three points on three occasions late in the set, but could get no closer.
  • Bowdoin appeared to have rebounded and rushed out of the gate on an 8-3 surge to start the second set. Babson answered with a 5-1 run to cut the lead to a single point, but Bowdoin was able to maintain the lead until late in the frame. Babson took its first lead of the set at 21-20 and clinched it with a kill from Gaby Miller.
  • The Polar Bears led again in the third set, but a 7-0 run by Babson gave them the lead for good, building a 15-9 advantage that Bowdoin could not overcome. Bowdoin came within a single point on three occasions, including at 23-22, but Babson won the final two points to clinch the match.

By The Numbers

  • Allie Puccio led Babson with 17 kills while Ashley Williams paced Bowdoin with 13.
  • The teams were virtually even statistically with the exception of a 7-4 edge in service aces for Babson and seven service errors for the Polar Bears.
  • Kate Kiser had 33 assists while Lisa Sheldon had 26 digs. Both players were named to the NCAA Division III All-Region team.
  • Bowdoin's 29 victories are the most in a single-season in program history, breaking the record of 27 set in 2011.
  • Polar Bear seniors Sydney Salle, Lisa Sheldon and Khelsea Gordon finish a phenomenal career with a record of 85-27, two NESCAC Championships and the program's first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance in 2015.