2011 NESCAC Volleyball Championship

Friday, Nov. 4
Saturday, Nov. 5
Sunday, Nov. 6
at No. 1 Bowdoin 3, No. 8 Colby 0
at No. 1 Bowdoin 3, No. 4 Trinity 1 at No. 1 Bowdoin 3, No. 3 Middlebury 0
vs. No. 2 Tufts 3, No. 7 Williams 2
No. 3 Middlebury 3, vs. No. 2 Tufts 1
vs. No. 3 Middlebury 3, No. 6 Connecticut Col. 0

vs. No. 4 Trinity 3, No. 5 Amherst 1
  Championship Preview
Championship Records 

Bowdoin Wins First NESCAC Volleyball Title

Bowdoin Wins First NESCAC Volleyball Title

Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information

Box Score

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College volleyball team won its first NESCAC Championship in convincing fashion on Sunday at Morrell Gymnasium, defeating Middlebury 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17) for the league title.

Bowdoin's record-breaking season will continue into the NCAA Tournament as the Polar Bears earn the conference's automatic bid to the championship. The Polar Bears (26-2) will be making their first-ever appearance in the tourney while the Panthers (21-8) will hope for an at-large bid when the field is announced on Monday morning.

The Polar Bears won a tight first set and, up 22-21 in the second set, scored three of the final four points to carry a 2-0 lead into the third. Bowdoin raced to a 12-3 edge in the final stanza and pulled away to clinch their first league crown.

Kristin Hanczor led the Polar Bears with 12 kills while Ellie Brennan added nine. Tory Edelman notched seven kills to go with five blocks while Melissa Haskell pitched in eight kills, 12 digs and three blocks.

Sophia Cornew led the Bowdoin attack with 38 assists, while also contributing 10 digs defensively. Taylor Vail led the hosts with 13 digs.

Middlebury received 12 kills from Megan Jarchow, who also collected three blocks. Amy Hart had two aces, eight digs and three blocks for the Panthers, who also got got 14 digs from Caitlin Barrett. Julia Gibbs earned 17 assists in the setback for Middlebury.

Bowdoin, who entered the 2011 Tournament having not won a tournament match in program history, was making its first-ever appearance in the conference title match. Middlebury was looking for its second consecutive title and fourth conference crown (1997, 1998, 2010). The Polar Bears completed their NESCAC title run by winning nine of 10 sets this weekend.

Quarterfinals - Friday, November 4 at Bowdoin
at No. 1 Bowdoin 3, No. 8 Colby 0
No. 2 Tufts 3, vs. No. 7 Williams 2
No. 3 Middlebury 3, vs. No. 6 Connecticut College 0
No. 4 Trinity 3, vs. No. 5 Amherst 1

Semifinals - Saturday, November 5 at Bowdoin
at No. 1 Bowdoin 3, No. 4 Trinity 1
No. 3 Middlebury 3, vs. No. 2 Tufts 1

Championship - Sunday, November 6 at Bowdoin
at No. 1 Bowdoin 3, No. 3 Middlebury 0


Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6
at No. 1 Seed

Quarterfinals - Friday, November 4
5:00 p.m.
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 vs. No. 2

8:00 p.m.
No. 6 vs. No. 3
No. 5 vs. No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, November 5
Winner No. 1/No. 8 vs. Winner No. 4/No. 5 - 1:00 p.m.
Winner No. 2/No. 7 vs. Winner No. 3/No. 6 - 3:30 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, November 6
Semifinal Winners - 12:00 p.m.

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Volleyball Championship beginning Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.  

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. The highest seeded team will host the Championship.

Pairings will be announced Sunday, October 30.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best match record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Best set record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Point differential of matches between tied teams (points scored-points scored against).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.  Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.