BRUNSWICK, Maine - (Bowdoin College Athletic Communications) The Bowdoin College women's volleyball team avenged its only home loss of the last five seasons in a 3-0 win over Connecticut College on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears (15-4, 4-1 NESCAC) are 47-1 at home over the last five years with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Camels last fall. Bowdoin has won its last eight matches overall. Connecticut College falls to 7-9 (2-4 NESCAC) with its third-straight league loss.
Bowdoin controlled the contest from the start and took the win by game scores of 25-15, 25-22, 25-22. Emese Gaal led the way for the Polar Bears, recording nine kills, four aces and seven digs. Christy Jewett pitched in four kills, three aces, eight digs and three blocks. Quincy Leech had 18 assists and eight digs while Emma Patterson had seven blocks. The Polar Bears notched 13 aces as a team.
The Camels were led by five kills and three aces from Alex Mcdevitt and six kills from Chloe Ainley. Cailyn Straubel had a match-high 19 digs while Kaitlin Cunningham pitched in 20 assists in a losing effort.
Both teams return to action Saturday as the Polar Bears host Tufts at 2:00 p.m. and the Camels travel to Bates for a 2:00 p.m. match.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Friday Night's Action:
The Camels posted a 1-2 record last week. Wednesday night, the Camels improved their home record to 6-0 with a 3-0 blanking of Clark University. The Camels also dropped decisions to Amherst and Williams on the road last weekend.
Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) is averaging 3.09 kills per set to rank ninth in the conference. Martin has piled up 145 kills and 154 digs so far this year. First year setter Emily Arterbury (Austin, Texas) is dishing out 8.96 assists per set to rank fourth in league action. Arterbury has served up 22 aces to rank 10th in NESCAC service aces per set (.48).
Chloe Ainley (San Jose, Calif.) has piled up 118 kills and 47 blocks in her rookie campaign. Ainley is ranked fifth in the conference with .87 blocks per set. Sophomore libero Jamie Balkin (Glencoe, Ill.) has contributed with a team-best 173 digs, an average of 3.26 digs per set.
Josh Edmed, now in his 12th season at the helm of the Camel program, needs just two victories to reach 200 wins as the Head Coach of Connecticut College Volleyball.