The women's volleyball team extended its win streak to 17 with a pair of conference victories last weekend.

The 25th-ranked Polar Bears are now 18-1 and stand undefeated in the NESCAC, holding first place in the conference with a record of 8-0.

The only remaining obstacles between Bowdoin and the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC tournament are now road games against Wesleyan (6-15, 1-6 NESCAC) and Trinity (13-6, 4-3 NESCAC) on October 28 and 29.

In last Friday's road game against Middlebury, Bowdoin emerged from a closely contested match with a 3-2 victory. After dropping the first set with a close 26-24 score, the Polar Bears rallied and came back with a strong 25-5 second set. Bowdoin gained the upper hand in the third set 25-23, but the Panthers triumphed in the fourth 19-25.

Middlebury took an early 14-9 lead in the fifth set, but Bowdoin responded with a six-point run and took a 15-14 lead. The Panthers managed to tie things up at 15-15, yet caused their own downfall by incurring a net infraction that secured the 17-15 win for the Polar Bears.

Captain Kristin Hanczor '12 led the team on offense with 12 kills. Melissa Haskel '13 and Tory Edelman '13 both netted 11 kills, while Taylor Vail '14 led the team's defensive effort with 26 digs.

Saturday's match against Amherst proved less dramatic, with the team securing a 3-1 victory with set scores of 25-16, 25-22, 12-25, and 25-15.

Ellie Brenan '14 led the team offensively with 12 kills, while Edelman notched up four service aces amongst 10 kills. Vail, the team's libero, had 27 digs.

Hanczor broke the millennium mark with her eight kills, bringing her Bowdoin career total to 1,005. After passing Julie Calareso '08 (1,001), Hanczor is now second in program history in kills behind Gillian Page '10 (1,227).

"It's definitely pretty cool and exciting to reach 1,000 kills, but my sole focus remains working with this amazing team to get a NESCAC banner in Morrell Gym," said Hanczor. "Until that happens, nothing else matters."

The squad will next play tonight against No. 20 Springfield in the Hall of Fame Tournament at Smith College.

-Compiled by Ryan Holmes.