CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bowdoin College volleyball team avenged an opening-night loss to Wellesley with a 3-2 victory on Friday night at the MIT Invitational.
The Polar Bears, who fell to the Blue last Friday evening at the Wesleyan Invitational by a 3-2 score, rebounded with a triumph in five sets, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 20-25, 15-9 to improve to 3-2 this season. Wellesley falls to 4-2 overall.
- The Polar Bears opened an early lead they would not relinquish in the first set, and closed out the win with a 5-2 run to clinch it on a Wellesley service error.
- The Blue bounced back in the second to even the score. With Bowdoin holding a 15-10 lead, Wellesley used an 8-3 run to tie it and closed the set on a six-point run to knot the match 1-1.
- Bowdoin was in complete command in the third, opening up as much as a ten-point lead en route to the victory.
- Wellesley returned the favor in the fourth, never trailing en route to forcing a decisive fifth set.
- Unlike last week when the Polar Bears couldn't put the Blue away in the tiebreaker, Bowdoin put their foot on the gas in the fifth set on Friday night. Bowdoin opened up a quick 7-3 lead and extended it to 10-3 on kills by Cori Gray and Caroline Flaharty, followed by a block by Gray and Kate Kiser to force a Wellesley timeout. Sophia Pahl sealed the victory with a kill to give the Polar Bears the victory.
By The Numbers
- Sophia Pahl was outstanding, pacing Bowdoin with 16 kills against just two errors.
- Bowdoin had three other players in double figures in kills, led by Caroline Flaharty (12 kills, 20 digs, two aces), Ashley Williams (ten kills, five blocks) and Adrienne Miller (ten kills, three blocks).
- Kate Kiser dished out 42 assists and Emily King had 19 digs in the win for Bowdoin.
- The Polar Bears will return to action with a pair of matches at the MIT Invitational on Saturday, playing Babson at noon and host MIT at 4:30 p.m.