hosts NCAA tournament
Maia-Christina Becker Lee, STAFF WRITER
While most of us were catching some extra sleep over
fall break, the Bowdoin volleyball team was doing quite the opposite.
On Friday, October 27 they headed to Bates to play in the Maine Volleyball
Championships. With an 8-20 record overall, they were seeded fifth out
of eleven teams. Rival schools Bates and Colby were seeded first and second,
respectively, in the tournament, followed by Maine-Machias and UNE.
The Polar Bears were definitely optimistic going into
the tournament. The previous weekend they posted a 3-0 victory over NESCAC
rival Hamilton. "Last weekend against Hamilton, everyone was on the same
page," said Coach Lynn Ruddy. "They were finally playing as one."
It also helped that Jessica Reuben '03 leads the team
in kills with 159 followed by Jamie Bennet's '01 (101). She is also first
in blocks with 74. Sophomore Rebecca Geehr is third in kills with 98 and
fifth in digs.
After winning against Hamilton, the bears were excited
to face off against the other teams at the Championships. Though they
did not improve their seed, as Coach Ruddy would have liked, they did
hold their fifth place ranking. Their first match was against UNE and
they started off with an impressive 15-8 win. However, UNE pulled the
old switcheroo and defeated Bowdoin in the next three games.
All was not lost, for Bowdoin had a very impressive
victory over St. Joseph's, a team they have defeated several times during
the season. Rebecca Geehr '03 had ten kills in that game with Lindsay
Davis '04 adding eight and Jamie Bennett '01 adding six. Senior Shanna
Mitchell also helped the bears with 28 assists. In the end they took the
win in three matches, scoring 15-11, 15-6, and 15-8.
When the Polar Bears took on the Maine-Presque Owls,
the results were much the same as their match against St. Joseph's. An
impressive 15-8, 15-7, and 15-1 set gave them the win. Sophomore Jessica
Reuben led the way in this match with eleven kills and two solo blocks.
To complete their exiting season, the volleyball team
got a chance to celebrate last weekend when the NESCAC tournament was
held here at Bowdoin on Friday and Saturday.
It occupied both Morrell and Sargent gyms, starting
at 3:00 on Friday. Bowdoin began the tournament by playing Tufts, the
number six seed. Unfortunately, the bears lost the game (Tufts went on
to lose to Amherst in the next round).
Four of the top eight teams from the New England Small
College Athletic Conference were there to compete: Middlebury, the second
seed, Williams (8), Amherst (3), and Bates (4) all invaded Smith Union
last weekend to play here at Bowdoin, who was seeded eleventh going into
The final champion of the tournament was Amherst, who
took its second consecutive title and trip to the NCAA Division III Championship
Though Bowdoin did not win the title of champion, they
did leave the tournament with an impressive win over the Connecticut College
Camels. This boosted their ranking to 10th place.
The scores of that game were 15-13, 11-15, 15-13, and
finally 15-8 to take the win. "I was so glad that we won that game against
Conn. College during the NESCAC championships," said Becca Geehr '03.
"Being here at Bowdoin was so exiting, so many fans were there to cheer
us on. It was a great end to the season!"