The Hamilton College volleyball team hosted a tri-match with Bowdoin College and SUNY Polytechnic at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday afternoon. Hamilton fell in four sets to Bowdoin in a NESCAC match and swept SUNY Poly 3-0 in the nightcap.
Bowdoin 3, Hamilton 1
Bowdoin (13-1, 5-0 NESCAC) won the first set 25-16 before Hamilton (4-7, 0-5) tied the match 1-1 with a 25-23 win in set two. The Polar Bears closed the match with set scores of 26-24 and 25-12 in the third and fourth set, respectively. Bowdoin is receiving votes in the latest Division III national poll.
Dorothy Poucher '21 smashed 10 kills with three service aces and two blocks. Giuliana Rankin '20 had nine kills and two blocks. Nikki Matsuoka '21 led the defense with 26 digs. Fifteen assists apiece came from Emma Parkhurst '21 and Meghan Wilkinson '19.
Caroline Flaharty recorded a double-double for the Polar Bears with 16 kills and 15 digs. Ashley Williams had 13 kills and Cori Gray had 10. Kate Kiser dished out 48 assists and Lisa Sheldon picked up 22 digs.
Hamilton 3, SUNY Polytechnic 0
The Continentals recorded set scores of 25-19, 27-25 and 25-20 to defeat SUNY Poly (5-14 overall). The Wildcats were defeated 3-1 by Bowdoin prior to the match.
Poucher again led the offense with a match-high 11 kills. Parkhurst recorded 14 assists and nine kills. Wilkinson had a double-double with 11 digs and 10 assists, and Matsuoka tallied 12 digs. Kendall Boxe '22 matched a season-high six blocks and Rankin was right behind her with five blocks.
Karlie King had nine kills against Hamilton after accounting for 14 of SUNY Poly's 32 total kills against Bowdoin. Sydney Johnson had 21 assists, Amanda Batten totaled 19 digs, and Claire Ladlee had four blocks for the Wildcats.
The Continentals wraps up a six-match homestand next weekend when they host NESCAC opponents Bates College on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Colby College at 2 p.m. on Saturday.