Middlebury College volleyball picks up three wins
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s volleyball team won three NESCAC matches last week at home, bringing its record to 10-3 for the season, 4-1 in NESCAC play.
On Wednesday, Middlebury fought off Williams, picking up a 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20) win.
Junior Megan Jarchow led Middlebury with 15 kills on the night, while junior Amy Hart added eight, sophomore Olivia Kolodka earned seven and sophomore Piper Underbrink chipped in with six. Defensively, seniors Julia Gibbs and Caitlin Barrett each had 21 digs, while Hart added 11. Gibbs finished the match with 29 assists, rookie Kathryn Haderlein had 10, while Underbrink had three blocks.
Middlebury earned a 3-1 win over Colby (7-3, 1-1) on Friday. Middlebury cruised to a 25-14 win in the first set, before battling back to take the second set 28-26 after trailing 9-3 early. In the third Colby made it 2-1 with a 26-24 win. In the fourth set, the Panthers trailed 5-4 early before a pair of service aces from Barrett gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Madeline Firestone and Kolodka ended the match with a block on a Colby attack.
Hart led the Panther offense with 16 kills, followed by nine apiece from Jarchow and Kolodka, while Firestone added eight. Underbrink finished the match with one solo block and eight assists, while Firestone had three solos and seven assists. Barrett earned a team-high 21 digs, followed by Gibbs (31 assists) with 18.
Middlebury on Saturday topped Bates (7-8, 0-3) by a score of 3-1. The Panthers have now won five straight matches.
Bates came away with a 25-23 win in the first set, before Middlebury came from down 22-19 to pick up a 26-24 victory in the second set. The Panthers got things going in the third set, with Firestone going six-for-six in her attack opportunities to give her team a 2-1 advantage. Middlebury continued its steady play in the fourth set, earning a 25-14 victory to take the match.
Hart paced the victors with 17 kills, while adding 15 digs in the match. Jarchow finished with a dozen kills, while Firestone had 10 to go along with a .643 hitting percentage. Gibbs dished out 33 assists in the win to go along with her 20 digs, while Haderlein had 24 assists. Barrett finished with 17 digs, while Underbrink had a pair of blocks.
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