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.
- 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
- Ashley Williams led Bowdoin with 13 kills while Caroline Flaharty added 11 with 20 digs and three aces.
- Danielle Abrams also had 11 kills with Kate Kiser (25 assists) and Ella Haugen (19 assists) keying the Polar Bear offense.
- Defensively, Emily King had 22 digs and Cori Gray added seven blocks.
- Tufts was led by 16 kills from Maddie Stewart in the victory. Rachel Furash had 32 assists.
- Bowdoin will await word on a potential NCAA Tournament bid, which will be announced at NCAA.com on Monday at 12:30 p.m.