Middlebury dropped the first set before battling back for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17) NESCAC victory over Bowdoin (20-6, 7-2) on Friday night in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (17-6, 4-5) have secured at least the seventh seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will play their final regular season match of the season on Saturday when they host Bates at 3:00 p.m. The Polar Bears wrap-up their regular season at Hamilton on Saturday.
Bowdoin jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set before Middlebury came back to cut the lead to three at 15-12. The Polar Bears then ran off four straight points on their way to the 25-17 win.
Middlebury led 13-12 in the second set before scoring four straight points to take a 17-12 advantage on its way to a 25-18 win. Megan Jarchow had six of her match-high 18 kills in the set.
In the key third set, neither team led by more than two points until the Panthers took a 17-14 advantage on a kill from Olivia Kolodka. The lead grew to 21-15 before Bowdoin came back to make it a 22-19 contest on a block. Middlebury was up one when Jarchow earned a kill to put the set away, 25-23.
Leading 13-12 in the fourth and final set, the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to put the match away, earning the 25-17 win.
Amy Hart aided Jarchow’s 18 kills with 11, while Kolodka finished with seven. Lizzy Reed tied a match-high with 21 digs, Hannah Blackburn added 17 with 35 assists, while Hart had 11. The Panthers finished the match with eight service aces, including three from Kolodka. Melanie English and Kolodka both ended with three block assists.
Katie Doherty and Clare Geyer each had six kills for Bowdoin, with five apiece from Sophia Cornew and Ellie Brennan. Doherty tied a match-high with 21 digs, followed by Brennan and Cornew (28 assists) with 13 apiece. Emma Patterson earned four block assists in the contest.