BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Connecticut College volleyball team concluded its 2018 campaign with a 3-0 setback against first-place Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-16, 25-18 and 25-20.
Bowdoin (24-1, NESCAC 10-0), which will be hosting the NESCAC Tournament next weekend, hit a blistering .455 in the opening set by only committing one attacking error. Three straight kills allowed the Polar Bears to take an early 5-1 advantage, and a service ace by Kate Kiser extended the margin to twin figures at 21-11. Kiser then set up Ashley Williams and Sophia Pahl for kills to help give the hosts the final two points they needed to clinch the set.
The Polar Bears stayed hot and also led from wire-to-wire in the second frame. They moved ahead by a 10-4 score on a Camel ballhandling error and then led by a touchdown at 21-14 when Khelsea Gordon recorded a kill. The Camels were able to close the gap to five points at 23-18 by getting back-to-back kills from sophomore Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.), but Bowdoin responded and won the next two rallies to clinch the set by seven points.
Connecticut College came out strong in the third set and was up 7-2 when senior captain Jenny Kellogg (Los Altos, Calif.) finished a pass from junior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) for a kill. The Polar Bears, however, clawed back and went on a 9-3 run to take their first lead on a Camel attacking error. Pahl added a kill on the next play to put the hosts ahead by a 12-10 score, and they never surrendered the lead the rest of the way despite being challenged by the Camels until the final point.
Pahl hit at a jaw-dropping .667 clip to lead the way for Bowdoin by registering 10 kills on 15 attacks and not committing an error. Caroline Flaharty added 12 kills and recorded a .455 hitting percentage, while Kiser contributed 37 assists. Lisa Sheldon finished with 17 digs.
Howley fell just a bit short of a double-double with seven kills and eight digs for the Camels. Sophomore Elle Kass (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Kellogg each contributed 11 digs, and Kellogg also notched six kills. Freshman Emma Roberts (Port Washington, N.Y.) posted a team-high three service aces and McGee ended the match with 21 assists.
Connecticut College (10-15, NESCAC 2-8) graduates two seniors and is slated to return 10 letterwinners next season.