For the first time in program history, the women's volleyball team has secured both the NESCAC No. 1 seed and home court advantage in the conference tournament.

Thanks to a pair of victories over Wesleyan and Trinity last weekend, the Polar Bears' season record stands at 23-2 overall and 10-0 in the NESCAC. This is a new school record, surpassing the 22-win mark of the 1988 team. It also marks the first time that a NESCAC team has gone undefeated in the conference since Tufts did so in 2008.

A solid 3-1 win against Wesleyan clinched the top spot for the Polar Bears with set scores of 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, and 25-19.

Captain Kristin Hanczor '12 had 14 kills, while captain Jillian Berkman '12 led the team on defense with 11 digs.

A 3-1 victory over Trinity the next day concluded the regular season.

Hanczor had 13 kills and three blocks, Tory Edelman '13 earned 11 kills and two service aces, and Taylor Vail '14 had 17 digs to lead the defense.

By securing the top seed, Bowdoin won the right to host this weekend's NESCAC Championship for the first time ever. The Polar Bears begin their quest for the championship today at 5 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium against the No. 8 Colby Mules.

Hilary Cederna '13 said that the team was excited for the upcoming tournament.

"There's a lot of pressure because we've done so well and we have such big hopes and dreams, but we've got to keep our heads clear," she said. "We've worked so hard over the last two months and now it all comes down to these three days."

A first round win for Bowdoin would be the first in school history, as the team has never made it out of the first round in six tries.

If the Polar Bears win, they will play tomorrow at 1 p.m. A win in that game will propel them into the finals, played Sunday at noon.

-Compiled by Ryan Holmes.