Brunswick, Maine - The Trinity College volleyball team fell, 3-0, to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Friday evening in the semifinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament.
The No. 8-seed Bantams end their season with a 13-11 overall record after reaching the conference tournament for the first time since the fall of 2014. The top-seeded Polar Bears improve to 25-1 and will play in tomorrow's semifinals versus the winner of the Middlebury-Tufts quarterfinals match.
The Polar Bears cruised by set scores of 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 to take the win. Bowdoin broke open a tight first set with a 10-3 run, capped by kills from Ashley Williams (Forest Park, Ill.) and Sophia Pahl (Cedarburg, Wis.), to take a 21-12 lead en route to the 1-0 advantage.
Trinity stayed close in the second set, holding a late 20-19 lead before a 5-0 Bowdoin run sealed the set following kills from Cori Gray (Winter Park, Fla.) and Williams.
The hosts never trailed in the third set, sprinting to an early lead and closing it out with seven consecutive points to clinch the victory.
Trinity was paced by ten kills from senior co-captain Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and eight from junior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.). Junior setter Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) had 18 assists for Trinity while Underwood added 13 digs as well.
Williams had 11 kills to lead Bowdoin while Caroline Flaharty (Fort Myers, Fla.) added ten kills and Sydney Salle (Chadds Ford, Pa.) posted seven with no errors. Kate Kiser (Ingleside, Ill.) dished out 31 assists while Lisa Sheldon (Venice, Calif.) had 14 digs. Salle recorded seven blocks.