Bowdoin downs Baruch to advance
No. 24 Polar Bears to face U-Mass Boston in second round
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Polar Bears of No. 24-ranked Bowdoin finally wore down Baruch College 3-1 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division III New England Women's Volleyball Regional at Springfield College's Blake Arena.
Game scores 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 No. 3 seed, will take on No. 2-seeded UMass-Boston in the first semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Earlier Saturday, UMass-Boston defeated NYU-Polytechnic 3-0.
Tory Edelman finished with a team-high 12 kills and just one error in 24 swings, a .458 hitting percentage. Ellie Brennan had 10 kills and just two errors in 31 attempts for a .258 percentage.
Hillary Cederna had six kills, a .294 hitting percentage and nine digs. Sophia Cornew had a team-high 16 digs and a team-high 32 assists. Brennan and Melissa Haskell each produced 10 digs, and Taylor Vail added 12 digs.
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 the third game 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 four began 8-8. But the turning point came when Bowdoin scored the next eight points to take a 16-8 lead and command of the match.