The women's volleyball team earned a 3-0 senior night victory on Tuesday against Endicott, marking the team's last regular season home game and keeping Bowdoin undefeated in Morrell Gymnasium this year with a perfect record of 9-0.
The win improved the Polar Bears' overall season record to 21-2, marking the fourth time in program history—and the first since 2006—that the team has won more than 20 games in a season.
The team currently stands one victory short of the program record of 22, set in 1988.
The Endicott match started out strong for Bowdoin, with the Polar Bears easily besting the Gulls in the first two sets with scores of 25-16 and 25-19. The contest became fiercer in the third set, however, and the Gulls took an early lead.
The set grew increasingly dramatic as time progressed, with each team tying up the score and subsequently taking the lead. This continued right up until the match's conclusion, with Bowdoin finally taking a 28-26 win.
Captain Kristin Hanczor '12 led the team on offense with 11 kills. Tory Edelman '13 racked up eight kills including four service aces, while Sophia Cornew '14 tallied 10 digs and 29 assists.
Prior to the Endicott win, the team competed in the Hall of Fame Tournament at Smith College, coming away with a 2-1 record.
No. 25 Bowdoin began with a tough 3-0 defeat at the hands of No. 20 Springfield College, its first loss since September 9. The battle between the two nationally-ranked squads was intensely contested, but Springfield ended up besting Bowdoin with three identical game scores of 25-22.
Hanczor earned 11 kills while Melissa Haskell '13 racked up eight kills and eight digs. Taylor Vail '14 led the squad on defense with 22 digs.
The team quickly rebounded, however, going on to command 3-0 sweeps in its matches on Saturday against Gordon College and Brandeis University.
Vail totalled 18 kills in the Brandeis match and was the Polar Bears' only selection to the All-Tournament Team.
Against Gordon, Edelman led the team on offense with seven kills, while Hillary Cederna '13 picked up 8 digs. In the Brandeis match, Hanczor made 14 kills and captain Jillian Berkman '12 earned five service aces.
"We've worked hard as team together all semester, but now is the time when we really have to come together and win the big games," Haskell said.
"I'm really excited about the prospect of getting the first seed in the NESCAC championship but we've got to keep our eye on the prize," she added. "Once we get to the tournament, the conference is so competitive that it is anybody's game."
The team looks to secure the No. 1 seed and home court advantage in the NESCAC tournament in this weekend's matches against Wesleyan and Trinity.
Currently ranked first in the conference with a record of 10-0, Bowdoin only has to win one of the matches to secure the top spot.