About the Program
The women's volleyball team at Bowdoin College was instituted as a varsity sport in 1986. The program met with success often in their first several seasons. The team peaked with a program-best record of 22-12 in 1988 and returned to prominence in 2006, posting an overall mark of 20-11.
A new era of Bowdoin Volleyball started in 2001 under the changed rally score game format. Strong recruiting brought in a new generation of volleyball players from across the nation. The NESCAC conference play escalated to one of the strongest leagues in the Northeast.
The NESCAC conference tournament winner is awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Polar Bear team is consistently competitive in conference play and has regularly qualified for the conference championship tournament. The team also competes in the well-known MIT Invitational and the respected Hall of Fame tournament where they face top teams across New England. The team also hosts the annual Polar Bear Invitational.
2007 was the second consecutive winning season for the Bowdoin Volleyball program. The team's successful 17-15 record was hard fought as the Polar Bears faced a tough schedule against the top competition in New England. The team placed second at the Bates Invitational and 7th at the Hall of Fame tournament. Bowdoin finished the year ranked 14th in New England, qualifying for the NESCAC Tournament.
The year's tough schedule included some of the top teams in New England such as MIT, Coast Guard, Springfield and Wellesley. Our five game victory over Springfield at the Hall of Fame Tournament as well as a close five game match against Amherst in front of our home crowd were highlights from the season. Also, our three game victory against Bates at home over parents weekend was a great way to celebrate the last home game of our seniors careers.
The Polar Bears were co-captained by senior setter Margo Linton who became the Bowdoin All-Time Assist Leader. Sophomore outside hitter Gillian Page was the second-ever Polar Bear volleyball player to be honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week. First year middle hitter, Stephanie Drumright, made an immediate impact to the program and was named to the Second Team All NESCAC. The team also received strong performances from Jenna Diggs, Skye Lawrence, Anna Noucas and Grace Lazarus. The Polar Bears have a promising young core of talent to help the program achieve its ultimate goal; win the school's first NESCAC title.
The Polar Bears play their home games in Morrell Gymnasium, the 2,000-seat gymnasium that is located in the heart of campus. The set-up of the gym allows for a one or two-court set-up with ample seating for spectators. The gym is also home to Bowdoin's weight-training and workout facility; the Sidney J. Watson Fitness Center.