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Bowdoin Volleyball NESCAC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

The Bowdoin College volleyball team will open play at the NESCAC Championship this Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. against Williams College on the campus of Tufts University. The defending NESCAC Champions are looking to repeat as league champs and win their fourth conference title in school history.

SEASON RECAP

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Polar Bears scuffled to a 4-6 start before coming up against nationally-ranked Johnson & Wales on Saturday, September 28. The Polar Bears picked up a 3-1 win that afternoon and haven't lost since, earning 12 straight victories.

Bowdoin (16-6, 8-2 NESCAC) enters the NESCAC Tournament having lost just one set in their last six matches dating back to October 18. The Polar Bears have played in 14 straight NESCAC Championships and have advanced to the semifinals eight straight years. Bowdoin owns three conference championships overall and was most recently the No. 3 seed in 2017.

QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UP

The third-seeded The Polar Bears will face No. 6 Williams (14-10, 5-5 NESCAC) in its first match of the championship. The Ephs, who have played in every NESCAC Championship since 1999, are the No. 6 seed for the second consecutive season. Williams, which has won 11 NESCAC titles, looks to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2015. Bowdoin pulled out a five-set, 3-2, victory over the Ephs on October 4, but the Ephs own a 4-2 edge in the NESCAC postseason series. The Polar Bears won the last postseason meeting in the 2016 quarterfinals, 3-1

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP

The NESCAC Championship gets underway with quarterfinal matches on Friday, November 8. The semifinals are set for Saturday, November 9 and the championship match will be played on Sunday, November 10.

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