Women's Volleyball Fends Off Huskies in Home Opener

Cori Gray had seven kills and seven blocks against Southern Maine
Cori Gray had seven kills and seven blocks against Southern Maine

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College volleyball team shook off a third set loss to take a 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine in its home opener at Morrell Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.

The Polar Bears improve to 2-2 this season while the Huskies fall to 3-4 overall.

Match Highlights

  • The Polar Bears cruised in the first two sets and rebounded from a third-set loss in a 25-11, 25-9, 18-25, 25-22 victory.
  • Bowdoin jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first set and capped the win with a pair of Sophia Pahl kills to seal it.
  • In the second, Bowdoin opened up an early 14-3 advantage en route to the victory, clinching on Cori Gray's ace and a USM attack error to open up a 2-0 advantage.
  • USM climbed back into the contest with an impressive bounce-back third set, fending off several Bowdoin runs and finishing the set on a 4-0 run, sparked by a Kylee Austin service ace.
  • The Huskies appeared poised to force a fifth set when they opened up an 18-13 advantage in the fourth stanza, but Bowdoin came out of a timeout and went on a 6-0 run on Lexie Freund's service to take the lead. The Polar Bears would not trail again as they put the match away on a Caroline Flaharty kill.

By The Numbers

  • Every Polar Bear got into Tuesday's match for Bowdoin with 16 different players seeing time for the hosts.
  • Twelve different Bowdoin players recorded kills, paced by eight from Sophia Pahl and seven from Cori Gray. Gray also had seven total blocks.
  • Ella Haugen had 18 assists while Emily King had 25 digs.
  • Southern Maine was led by 19 assists and 10 digs from Sophie Lindsay.
  • The Huskies received a team-best seven kills from Kacey Foerster.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will return to action on Friday night when they open play at the MIT Invitational against Wellesley in a rematch of last Friday's season-opener at 6:30 p.m.
  • USM will return to action on Saturday in Connecticut when they head to Trinity to face the host Bantams along with Simmons.