Springfield, Mass. -- November 11, 2011 -- The Polar Bears of #24-ranked Bowdoin College finally wore down Baruch College, 3 games to 1, this afternoon in match #2 of the NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball Regional at Springfield College's Blake Arena. Game scores from Bowdoin's point of view were 25-19, 25-14, 25-27, 25-16.
With the win, Bowdoin ups its record to 27-2, while Baruch ends its season at 24-11.
It means that one semifinal pairing is now set for Saturday afternoon. Bowdoin, the #3 seed, will take on #2-seeded UMass-Boston in the first semifinal at 3:30 pm. Earlier this afternoon, UMass-Boston defeated NYU-Polytechnic, 3 games to 0.
Tory Edelman had a fine match for the Polar Bears, finishing with a team-high 12 kills and just one error in 24 swings. That was good for a .458 hitting percentage. Ellie Brennan followed that up with 10 kills and just two errors in 31 attempts for a .258 percentage.
But there were others for Bowdoin who contributed mightily. They included Hillary Cederna with six kills, a .294 hitting percentage, and nine digs. There was Sophia Cornew with a team-high 16 digs and a team-high 32 set assists. Brennan and Melissa Haskell each produced 10 digs, and Taylor Vail added 12 digs. as the team came up with a solid and balanced defensive effort. Haskell also added seven kills.
For Baruch, Lauren Hayden and Jessica Wu were a capable 1-2 punch. Hayden had a match-high 17 kills and hit a team-high .382. Wu followed with 13 kills and added 12 digs.
Rebecca Peralta garnered eight kills and 12 digs. Melinda Santiago had 42 set assists and 12 digs. Posey Wilson finished with a match-high 19 digs.
Bowdoin hit .258 as a team, while Baruch finished at .112.
Bowdoin earned the first two games, 25-19, 25-14 without too much difficulty. But game #3 was a different story and the tide turned often in that one. Baruch earned the nod, 27-25.
It seemed Baruch was going to keep up the momentum as game #4 began 8-8. But the turning point came when Bowdoin scored the next eight straight points to take a 16-8 lead and ultimate command of the match.