Gray's Career High Leads Volleyball Past Middlebury

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Cori Gray had a career-high 19 kills as the Bowdoin College volleyball team fended off Middlebury in a 3-1 victory Friday evening.

The Polar Bears roll to their ninth straight win and improve to 13-6 (5-2 NESCAC) with the win while the Panthers fall to 11-8, 4-3 NESCAC).

Match Highlights

  • The Polar Bears took the win by set scores of 25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 25-19.
  • With the first set tied at 20 apiece, Bowdoin rolled off five straight points to take the opening stanza. Ashley Williams finished it off with a pair of kills to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead.
  • In the second set, Middlebury owned a late 23-21 lead but Bowdoin closed out the hosts with a stunning 5-1 surge, taking the lead for good on a kill by Cori Gray.
  • The Panthers trimmed Bowdoin's lead with a win in the third set, breaking a 24-24 tie to score the final two points and cut Bowdoin's overall lead to 2-1.
  • Middlebury seemed poised to force a fifth set tiebreaker when they rallied to take a 15-12 lead in the fourth set, but the Polar Bears stymied all thoughts of a comeback with a decisive 11-1 surge, opening up a 23-16 lead on consecutive kills by Cori Gray to finish off the victory.

By The Numbers

  • Cori Gray notched a career high 19 kills to go with six blocks in a dominating performance at the net for the Polar Bears.
  • Caroline Flaharty added 15 kills and eight digs while Sophia Pahl had nine kills and 12 digs.
  • Ella Haugen totaled 36 assists with 12 digs for Bowdoin and Emily King led the Polar Bears with 26 digs on the night.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will return to action on Saturday at Amherst at 1:00 p.m.