BRUNSWICK, Maine – Led by Melissa Haskell, the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College (11-1) notched their second win of the 2012 season over UMass Boston, as they defeated the Beacons by the final of 3-0 Tuesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
Haskell posted a match-high 18 kills to lead Bowdoin, who is currently ranked first in New England, to earn their fourth straight win. Tuesday's loss ends the Beacons five-match win-streak which started on September 11 with the 3-0 win over Colby-Sawyer College. The Beacons are now 3-4 all-time against Bowdoin since their first meeting back in 1987.
For the Beacons, junior Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, Calif.) posted a team-best eight kills on 26 attempts (.231). Freshman Molly Witzmann (Encinitas, Calif.) recorded a career-best .778 attack percentage following her 7-of-9 showing. Junior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) also finished with seven kills, and posted 12 digs to finish second on the team in that category as well.
Combined four Beacons, including Porter, finished in double-figures in digs, with Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) leading UMB with 14. Behind her were Porter and current Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week Kayla Wilson (San Jose, Calif.) with 12 each.
Setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) recorded the Beacons only double-double as she finished the match with 17 assists and 11 digs. Rocha was named the LEC Rookie of the Week on Monday, for the first time in her college career.
As a team the Beacons outhit the Polar Bears .200 to .196, scoring 38 kills on 125 attempts. Bowdoin recorded 47 kills on 138 attempts, but was charged with 20 errors as compared to UMB's 13.
The first two games were extremely close, with Bowdoin sneaking by with back-to-back two point victories. In the first set, UMass jumped out to a solid lead, but were unable to hand on in the end as the Polar Bears grabbed the 25-23 victory. The two teams would then have to go into extra points before the winner was decided. Unfortunately the decision went in favor of Bowdoin as they defeated UMass 30-28. The final set was controlled primarily by the home team, despite a late push by UMB. The Polar Bears went on to take the deciding set 25-21.
Volleyball returns to action on Friday when they face another tough test in Wellesley College. Start time for that match is 7 p.m. and will be played at Wellesley. It was originally scheduled to be played at Canton High School but the location of the match was changed last week.