CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Bowdoin College volleyball team saw its season come to an end in a 3-0 loss to Carthage in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Thursday night.
The Polar Bears end a phenomenal season with a record of 21-8 and as New England regional champions. The fourth-ranked Lady Reds improve to 31-3 and advance to the NCAA semifinals on Friday where they will play defending national champion Emory.
- Carthage came away with the victory with set scores of 25-18, 25-14, 25-22.
- The Polar Bears kept the first set close, and held a 14-13 lead midway through the set following an ace from Kate Kiser. Carthage slowly pulled ahead, however, using a 5-1 run to take a 18-15 lead and force a timeout. The Lady Reds came out of the break on 5-2 surge to pull away in the 25-18 win.
- Carthage rolled in the second set, taking an early 14-6 lead on the Polar Bears and never looking back. Bowdoin stayed within striking distance, closing to within 14-9, but Carthage answered with a 6-1 surge to put the set out of reach.
- Bowdoin did not go away in the third, scoring the first three points and holding an early 6-4 advantage. Carthage replied with another big run, this time a 6-0 surge to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Polar Bears pulled to within a single point on two occasions late in the set, but Carthage scored four of the final six points to take a 25-22 win and clinch the match.
By The Numbers
- In her final game at Bowdoin, senior Caroline Flaharty was tied for the team lead with 11 kills while also earning nine digs and two service aces.
- Ashley Williams also had 11 kills for Bowdoin with Ella Haugen (19 assists) and Kate Kiser (14 assists) leading the Polar Bear attack.
- Emily King had a team-high 11 digs.
- Carthage was led by 13 kills from Haley Horner
- Bowdoin's three-member senior class of Caroline Flaharty, Gabby Koenig and Danielle Abrams finish their careers with a record of 80-30, including a 50-10 record over the last two seasons, the 2018 NESCAC Championship and the 2019 NCAA Regional championship.