Top Seeds Advance in NESCAC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinals

Top Seeds Advance in NESCAC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinals

Bowdoin 3, Colby 0
The top-seeded Bowdoin College volleyball team won its first NESCAC Tournament game in program history in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-20) win over Colby in the quarterfinals on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to a school-best 24-2 and will face the winner of the Bates and Amherst match on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Colby finishes their season with a record of 11-15.

Melissa Haskell led the way for the Polar Bears, totaling 14 kills and six digs with two service aces. Tory Edelman had nine kills and three blocks for Bowdoin, who received 31 assists and 10 digs from Sophia Cornew. Hillary Cederna (17 digs) and Taylor Vail (19 digs) led the Polar Bear defense.

Colby was paced by 10 kills and 10 digs from Caitlin Burchill. Maggie Taylor posted six digs with 14 digs. Kate Pleasants had 18 assists for the Mules.

The win is the third this season for Bowdoin over their Waterville rivals.

Tufts 3, Williams 2
The second-seeded Tufts volleyball team survived a furious comeback by seventh-seeded Williams to advance 3-2 (25-10, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10) in a NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal on Friday evening at Sargent Gymnasium on the campus of Bowdoin College.

The Jumbos improve to 25-4 this fall and will face the winner of Middlebury and Connecticut College in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at 3:30. Williams finishes its season with a mark of 16-13.

Tufts took control early and seemed poised to take a straight-set win after cruising to convincing 25-10 and 25-14 wins in the opening two sets. But Williams battled back to score the final two points of a 25-23 third set win and grabbed the momentum with a 25-16 victory in set four. The teams traded points and were tied at nine apiece in the decisive fifth set when the Jumbos used a 6-1 run to close out the victory.

Hayley Hopper had 17 kills, four aces, and six digs while Kelly Brennan had 13 kills and 14 digs for the Jumbos. Cara Spieler notched a dozen kills with 11 digs for Tufts, who received 44 assists from Kendall Lord. Williams was led by 13 kills from Emily Baratta. Amanda Schott dished out 37 assists while Claire Miller had eight kills and a team-high 21 digs for the Ephs.

Middlebury 3, Conn. College 0
Defending champion Middlebury dispatched Connecticut College 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-18) in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Volleyball quarterfinals on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The third-seeded Panthers improve to 20-7 this fall and will face second-seeded Tufts in the semifinals of the championship on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The Camels finish their season with a record of 18-9.

Jane Handel dominated the court, posting a game-high 17 kills against just two errors with 10 digs in the victory. Megan Jarchow and Amy Hart had nine kills each while Julia Gibbs dished out 41 assists and notched five service aces.

Amy Newman closed out her decorated career with 16 kills and nine digs for Connecticut College. Ally Terlizzi had 11 digs while Katie Ketcham dealt 28 assists.

Trinity 3, Amherst 1
The Trinity College volleyball team won their first NESCAC Tournament game since 2005 in a 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19) win over Amherst in the quarterfinals on Friday at Sargent Gymnasium on the campus of Bowdoin College.

The fourth-seeded Bantams improve to 19-8 advance to face top-seeded Bowdoin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium. Fifth-seeded Amherst finishes its year with a record of 20-7.

With the teams tied at a game apiece, the Bantams pulled away with convincing victories in the third and fourth sets. Hannah Brickley sparked the Trinity attack with 20 kills and 13 digs. Danielle Isaman had 11 kills while Jennifer Low distributed 49 assists. Penelope Carpenter earned seven service aces while Sarah Blagden had 25 digs in the win.

Amherst was led by 16 kills from Cristy Meier and 12 from KC Kanoff. Devin Pence had a match-high 28 digs while Kristin Keeno had 33 assists.

Photos courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography

2011 NESCAC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Friday, November 4 at Bowdoin
Bowdoin 3, Colby 0 - Boxscore
Tufts 3, Williams 2 - Boxscore
Middlebury 3, Conn. College 0 - Boxscore
Trinity 3, Amherst 1 - Boxscore

Semifinals - Saturday, November 5 at Bowdoin
Bowdoin vs. Trinity - 1:00 p.m. - Webcast
Middlebury vs. Tufts - 3:30 p.m. - Webcast

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