NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 4 Bowdoin 3, No. 5 Williams 1

NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 4 Bowdoin 3, No. 5 Williams 1

Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information

MEDFORD - Bowdoin first-year Caroline Flaharty finished with 17 kills and 15 digs as the fourth-seeded Polar Bears won in four sets over No. 5 Williams in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Volleyball Championship at Tufts Friday night.

The fourth-seeded Polar Bears (15-9) move on to play top seed and host Tufts in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 pm. Williams, led by a match-best 22 kills from senior Tori Jasuta, saw its season end with a 13-11 record.

Bowdoin won the first two sets with relative ease, 25-19 and 25-18. The third set went extra and Williams stayed alive with a 28-26 victory. The Polar Bears closed out the win with a 25-21 fourth-set triumph.

Senior Erika Sklaver added 12 kills and six blocks (two solo) for Bowdoin. Junior Michelle Albright recorded eight kills with 19 digs, while sophomore Sydney Salle finished with nine kills and was in on three blocks. Senior Katie Doherty served four aces and finished with a match-high 35 digs. Senior Quincy Leech averaged nearly 10 assists per set with a total of 39.

Jusuta added 18 digs and two solo blocks for Williams. Sophomore Roxi Corbell had 12 kills, while classmate Ally Ostrow was also in double-digits with 10 to go with 13 digs. First-year setter Alex Newton topped 10 assists per set and finished with 45 total. Senior Caitie Benell led the Ephs with 21 digs.

Bowdoin never trailed in the first set after running out to a 7-1 lead. The Ephs did close to 19-17, but the Polar Bears clinched the set by scoring six of the final eight points mostly on Williams mistakes.

The Polar Bears jumped out to another big early lead at 7-1 in the second set and never trailed. The Ephs pulled within 13-10, but Bowdoin went on an 8-4 run that gave it a seven-point advantage (21-14) and the Polar Bears maintained a comfortable margin on the way to a 25-18 win.

Williams had a 20-15 lead in the third set before Bowdoin came back to tie it 24-24 on a kill by Sklaver. Both teams had a few opportunities to gain the advantage before the Ephs took the win with a Corbeil kill and Polar Bear attack error.

Set four was 21-20 in favor of Bowdoin before the Polar Bears scored four of the final five points. Bowdoin earned set and match point on a Williams attack error.