Williams Denies Bowdoin First NESCAC Tournament Win

Williams Denies Bowdoin First NESCAC Tournament Win

AMHERST, Mass. - Sixth-seeded Williams College scored the only upset Day One at the NESCAC Volleyball Championship,  upsetting third-seeded Bowdoin College 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20) Friday evening in Amherst College's LeFrak Gymnasium. The Ephs improve to 17-12 and will take on second-seeded Middlebury tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., while the Polar Bears' season comes to a close at 18-11.

Williams matched the 3-2 victory it earned against Bowdoin on Oct. 16 to advance to the semifinals of the conference championship for the 10th consecutive season. The Polar Bears were in search of their first-ever trip to the semifinals, but the Ephs played extremely well to snap their five-match losing skid.

The first set was incredibly even until Bowdoin took a 17-14 lead to force Williams into a timeout. The Ephs responded by scoring eight of the next 10 points and pulled away for the 25-21 win. In the second set Williams fell into an early 4-1 hole but went on a tear to take a 16-5 lead, and the Ephs never backed off during their 25-14 win. Williams kept its foot on the gas pedal in the third frame, jumping out to an 11-3 advantage and doubling Bowdoin up at 20-10 en route to a 25-20 result.

Emily Avis had 29 assists and 12 digs to lead Williams, while Kate Anderson and Eleanor Levine combined for 19 kills and teamed up for three blocks. Anderson also had 11 digs, Aly McKinnon had 14 digs and Nicole Ballon-Landa finished with a match-high 13 kills.

Kristin Hanczor and Melissa Haskell had six kills apiece to lead the Bowdoin attack, with Haskell also adding 10 digs. Taylor Vail chipped in with 11 digs and Hillary Cederna had five kills, while Sophia Cornew had a well-balanced match with 17 assists, nine digs and two block assists.