Volleyball Comes Up Just Short in Bid To Repeat as NESCAC Champs

Volleyball Comes Up Just Short in Bid To Repeat as NESCAC Champs

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Bowdoin College volleyball team's bid for consecutive NESCAC Championships came up just short in a 3-2 loss to Tufts on Sunday afternoon.

The Polar Bears, who had won 14 consecutive matches, fall to 18-7 on the season and will hope for an at-large bid when NCAA Tournament selections are announced on Monday. Tufts (27-1) earns an automatic bid as the conference champion.

Match Highlights

  • The Polar Bears came within mere points of repeating as conference champions as the Jumbos rallied for a 25-21, 18-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13 victory on Sunday afternoon.
  • After dropping the first set, Bowdoin rebounded in the second, taking an early 10-4 lead and never trailing en route to a 25-17 win, capped by a 6-0 run.
  • The Polar Bears took a 2-1 overall lead with another commanding performance in the third set, building a five-point lead midway through the frame and leading by as many as eight on their way to a 25-20 win, ending on a kill from Danielle Abrams.
  • Tied at 15 apiece in the fourth set, Tufts used a key 6-0 run to take a late lead on their way to a 25-17 win and forcing a decisive fifth.
  • The teams traded points throughout the tiebreaking fifth, with neither squad opening up more than a two point lead. Bowdoin's last lead came at 12-11 but a kill by Brigid Bell and back-to-back attack errors by the Polar Bears gave Tufts a 14-12 lead. Caroline Flaharty kept Bowdoin alive with a kill that cut the lead to 14-13, but Maddie Stewart finished it off for the Jumbos, 15-13.

By The Numbers

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will await word on a potential NCAA Tournament bid, which will be announced at NCAA.com on Monday at 12:30 p.m.