Volleyball Bests Bowdoin Again, This Time in Three Sets

Stephanie Lee MEDFORD - The Tufts University volleyball team defeated Bowdoin College for the second time this season with a swift 3-0 victory on Tuesday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

Back on September 25 at Bowdoin, the Jumbos (13-4) defeated the Polar Bears in a NESCAC match by a 3-1 score. Tonight's match was non-conference. Bowdon had won eight in a row since their conference loss to Tufts. The Jumbos have now won four straight.

Set scores tonight were 26-24, 25-20 and 25-22.

Senior Cate Desler led Tufts with 15 kills and sophomroe Rileigh Farragher followed with 14. Together they combined for 57 percent of Tufts' 51 total kills. The Jumbos hit .305 as a team, including Maya Lightfoot at .438 with eight kills and one error on 16 swings.

Junior Stephanie Lee (pictured) averaged five digs per set with 15 total, while sophomore Maddie Yu finished with 24 assists and eight digs.

For Bowdoin, Cori Gray submitted 12 kills, five digs, a solo block and two assisted blocks. Sophia Pahl double-doubled with 10 kills and 12 digs, and recorded a .375 kill percentage. Ella Haugen served three aces and had 18 assists.

Tufts kept a slim lead for most of the first set until Bowdoin tied it at 22-22 on a kill by Gray. The set was tied two more times including 24-24, then kills by junior Grace Legris and Christine Audette won it for the Jumbos.

Yu served two aces as Tufts won the first five points of the second set. The Jumbos never trailed in the set, but Bowdoin pulled within two on three occasions including 15-13. Of the Jumbos' final 10 points, Desler has four kills and Farragher three as the hosts took a 2-0 lead.

Six Bowdoin errors early in the third set along with three Desler kills had Tufts leading 11-2. Bowdoin chipped away, and five straight points by the Polar Bears late brought them from down 24-17 to within 24-22. However, a Bowdoin service error scored match point for the Jumbos.

Tufts hosts Amherst College in an important NESCAC match Friday night at 7 pm. Bowdoin hosts Middlebury in another key conference tilt Friday at 7:30 pm.

 

Stephanie Lee

Prior to tonight's match, head coach Cora Thompson (second from left) was presented
with a commemorative ball for her 400th victory earned earlier this season by
(from left) senior Jennifer Ryan, Senior Associate AD Alexis Mastronardi and AD John Morris.