NESCAC Tournament First Round
Tufts 3    Bowdoin 0    (30-19, 30-17, 30-14)

At Williamstown, MA
Friday, November 5, 2004

Match Statistics

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Tufts University, the second seed in the tournament, improved to 27-5 overall by beating seventh-seeded Bowdoin College (12-17) in three games (30-14, 30-19, 30-17) in the first round of the NESCAC Volleyball Tournament on Friday night. Tufts will now face Amherst College in semifinal action Saturday at 3:30 pm in Chandler Gymnasium.

Junior April Gerry (Holmes, NY) led the Tufts offense with a spectacular 11-kill match with no errors in 20 attempts. Senior co-captain Ali Sauer (Larchmont, NY) had eight kills to back her up. Senior setter Rebecca Schaevitz (San Rafael, CA) averaged 12.0 assists per game in the match, with Sauer added a remarkable six service aces to the Tufts attack.

On defense, three Jumbos reached double-digits in digs with 18 by senior co-captain Emily Macy (Henderson, NV), 12 from Sauer and 10 by freshman Steph Viola (Getzville, NY). Gerry was in on five blocks for the Jumbos and sophomore Kelli Harrison (Blue Jay, CA) had two solo and two block assists.

In the other first-round matches, Williams College, the top seed, improved to 29-3 overall after defeating the eighth seed Wesleyan Cardinals (13-15) in three games (30-15, 30-14, 30-16). Middlebury College, the fourth seed in the tournament, improved to 30-11 overall by defeating fifth-seeded Colby College (21-10) in an exciting five-game match (30-19, 29-31, 21-30, 35-33, 19-17). Third-seeded Amherst College (23-6) defeated sixth seeded Bates College (15-13) in three games (30-21, 35-33, 30-18).

Williams and Middlebury will play in the other semi-final at 1:00 on Saturday.