Firedogs Take Third at the NESCAC Tourney

Middlebury Repeats as NESCAC Champs

 
WATERVILLE, Maine -The Middlebury College Women's Volleyball team defeated Williams College to become champions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon at Colby College. Leading the way for Middlebury was sophomore middle hitter Amy Lowell (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) who was named NESCAC Tournament MVP for her part in helping the Lady Panthers to their second title in as many years.
 
The third-seeded Lady Panthers carried a 21-5 record into the tournament, helping them to a first-round bye. Middlebury defeated second-round foe Trinity College in convincing fashion, winning 3-0 and advancing to the semi-finals where they would face the number two seed Amherst College.
 
Amherst, who entered tied with Williams for the league's best record at 25-4, beat tournament host Colby College in their second round match-up to earn a semi-final berth. Middlebury, unfazed however, breezed past the Lady Jeffs by a score of 3-0 to move into the finals, earning a rematch with 1997 runner-up Williams.
 
A hard fought battle in the final match saw Middlebury take an early lead, winning the first game 15-5. Williams would respond, however, taking the next two games 15-5 and 17-15, hoping to avoid becoming the runner-up for the third straight year. The Lady Panthers would not be denied though as they mustered the strength to win the final two games and remain the defending NESCAC champion.
 
Third place went to Amherst, who knocked off Tufts University by a score of 3-0. Rounding out the top five was Trinity, who defeated Bates, 3-1.
 
Earning All-Tournament Team honors were Leslie Edwards, Middlebury; Amy Greifenstein, Williams; Vicki Gonzalez, Amherst; Kate Hagstrom, Bates; Samantha Good, Bowdoin; Randi Martin, Colby; Olga Samborska, Connecticut College; Heather Onderick, Hamilton; Beth Landry, Trinity; Angela Yost, Tufts; and Alexis Keeler, Wesleyan.
 
The weekend also saw the naming of the All-NESCAC teams. Honorable mentions went to Reagan Carey of Colby, Katie Ford of Williams, Megan Konieczny of Trinity, Leslie Pao of Wesleyan, Christin Whitcraft of Williams, and Natasha Wilson of Trinity. The members of the Second Team were Nell Berens of Amherst, Amanda Cuiffo of Colby, Meredith DeMorales of Amherst, Christine Knox of Middlebury, Jessica Stewart of Tufts, and Angela Yost of Tufts. Named to the First Team were Ashley Chase of Wesleyan, Amanda Colby of Bates, Kristin Edgar of Amherst, Amy Griefenstein of Williams, Kate Hagstrom of Bates, and Dawn Trowbridge of Middlebury. The NESCAC Rookie of the Year was Tufts' Jessica Stewart, and garnering Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row was Williams' Amy Griefenstein.
 
NESCAC Volleyball Championship Official Results
 
(Tournament is single elimination with consolation bracket)
 
Day One (Friday, November 6th)
Game 1 - #8 Wesleyan def. #9 Hamilton 3-2 (15-9, 7-15, 15-9, 12-15, 15-7)
Game 2 - #7 Colby def. #10 Bowdoin - 3-0 (15-3, 15-1, 15-10)
Game 3 - #5 Tufts def. #4 Bates - 3-1 (15-11, 15-5, 6-15, 15-8)
Game 4 - #6 Trinity def. #11 Connecticut College - 3-0 (15-11, 15-3, 15-4)
 
#1 Williams, #2 Amherst, and #3 Middlebury receive first round byes
 
Consolation Bracket
Game 8 - #10 Bowdoin def. #11 Connecticut College - 3-1 (15-6, 6-15, 15-6,
15-7)
 
Winner's Bracket
Game 5 - #2 Amherst def. #7 Colby - 3-0 (15-9, 15-4, 15-7)
Game 6 - #1 Williams def. #8 Wesleyan - 3-0 (15-10, 15-8, 15-4)
Game 7 - #3 Middlebury def. #6 Trinity - 3-0 (15-11, 15-13, 15-6)
 
Day Two (Saturday, Noveber 7th)
Consolation Bracket
Game 9 - #7 Colby def. #9 Hamilton - 3-1 (15-4, 15-5, 12-15, 15-9)
Game 10 - #8 Wesleyan def. #10 Bowdoin - 3-0 (15-7, 15-11, 15-7)
Game 13 - #4 Bates def. #8 Wesleyan 3-0 (15-8, 15-13, 15-4)
Game 14 - #6 Trinity def. #7 Colby - 3-1 (10-15, 15-3, 15-4, 15-6)
Game 15 - FIFTH PLACE GAME - #6 Trinity def. #4 Bates - 3-1 (15-10, 15-5,
14-16, 15-9)
 
Winner's Bracket
Game 11 - SEMI-FINAL - #1 Williams def. #5 Tufts - 3-0 (15-12, 15-6, 15-10)
Game 12 - SEMI-FINAL - #3 Middlebury def. #2 Amherst 3-0 (15-9, 15-13, 16-14)
Game 16 - THIRD PLACE GAME - #2 Amherst def. #5 Tufts - 3-0 (15-11, 17-15,
15-3)
Game 17 - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - #3 Middlebury def. #1 Williams - 3-2 (15-5,
5-15, 15-17, 15-11, 15-10