BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College volleyball team mounted a dramatic rally to stun Williams, 3-2, on Friday night at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears (7-6, 2-2 NESCAC) rallied from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Ephs (9-4, 2-1 NESCAC) by set scores of 22-25, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21, 15-9.
- A back-and-forth first set saw the teams tied at 18 apiece late in the set. The Ephs used a 6-2 surge to take the late advantage and sealed the first set on a service error by Bowdoin, 25-22.
- The Polar Bears jumped to an early advantage in the second set, and owned an 18-13 edge midway through. The Ephs stormed back to take the lead with an 11-4 run, capped by an Erin Denham kill. Bowdoin got a pair of kills from Caroline Flaharty and Sophia Pahl to gain set point, but Williams scored the final three points of the set, all coming on attack errors by Bowdoin, to win the set 26-24 and take a commanding 2-0 lead.
- The Polar Bears cut the lead in half with a 25-20 third set victory which they led through the majority of the stanza, setting up a dramatic fourth set.
- The teams traded blows, as they featured ten tie scores, the latest coming at 18-18. A quick 5-2 spurt by the Polar Bears, ending on a service ace by Emily King, gave the hosts a 23-20 edge. Caroline Flaharty finished it off with a pair of kills to force the deciding fifth.
- After Williams opened the scoring in the fifth set, Bowdoin rolled off four straight points to take a lead they would never relinquish. The Ephs closed to within 7-5, only to see Bowdoin tally four straight points to close in on the win. Consecutive kills by Ashley Williams sealed it for the Polar Bears.
By The Numbers
- Caroline Flaharty had a season-high 23 kills and 20 digs for Bowdoin, who racked up 100 digs as a team on the "Dig Pink" night at Morrell Gymnasium in support of the Side-Out Foundation.
- Ashley Williams totaled 18 digs while Sophia Pahl had 15. Jaida Hodge-Adams had 12 in the win for the Polar Bears.
- Ella Haugen (36 assists) and Kate Kiser (28 assists) sparked the Bowdoin offense while Emily King led the team with 28 digs. Cori Gray and Danielle Abrams had four blocks apiece for the Polar Bears.
- Erin Denham (20 kills) and Daiana Takashima (30 digs) were the stats leaders for the Ephs.
- Bowdoin returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when they host Hamilton.