NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College volleyball team dropped a NESCAC matchup to Bowdoin by a 3-0 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Luce Field House. Set scores were 25-14, 25-17, and 25-16.
Senior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) got the Camels started on the right foot by recording a service ace on the first rally of the game. The opening set remained competitive at the beginning with four ties and three exchanges of the lead, but the Polar Bears were able to go on a 12-2 run with Sophia Pahl providing three kills during the early part of the hot stretch. The Camels could not regroup despite calling two timeouts, and the visitors eventually won the set by 11 on a service error.
Bowdoin's momentum continued into the second set, as the Polar Bears scored the first five points with Ella Haugen serving and eight of the first nine. Connecticut College attempted to rally and came within four at 9-5 on a double block by junior Katie Howley (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Katie Gunderman (Oakland, Calif.), but that was as competitive as the hosts would make it for the remainder of the set. An ace by Haugen made it 17-9, prompting a Camel timeout, and a kill by Ashley Williams extended the margin to twin figures at 20-10 and put things out of reach.
After freshman Annie Wibbelsman (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) recorded a kill on the first play of the third set, the Polar Bears responded by getting four unanswered and never trailed again. Cori Gray registered back-to-back aces and the Camels were whistled for three ball handling errors during a frame which the visitors would take by nine to win their first NESCAC match of the season.
Caroline Flaharty paced a balanced attack and approach by Bowdoin (4-5, NESCAC 1-1) by notching a double-double with 10 kills to go along with 11 digs. Abrams contributed eight kills and hit at a .636 clip, while Haugen and Kate Kiser finished with 17 and 14 assists, respectively. Emily King ended the afternoon with a game-high 19 digs.
Two Connecticut College players put up double-digit numbers, as McGee provided 14 assists and freshman Nicolette Marino (Verona, N.J.) added a career-high 12 digs after taking over libero duties in the second set. Howley registered a team-leading eight kills and teamed up with Gunderman for two blocks.
Connecticut College (4-5, NESCAC 0-2) will begin an eight-game stretch away from the Luce Field House when it first visits nationally-ranked Wesleyan on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.