Girls’ volleyball, newest MUHS sport, bursts out of starting gates, hits 4-0

TIGER SARA KENT sets up a shot during the MUHS volleyball team’s 3-0 victory over Rice on Sept. 7. The Tigers also defeated Montpelier on Tuesday to improve to 4-0. Independent photo/Steve James

TIGER MAGGIE KLINGENSMITH sends a shot past a Rice blocker at the net during the MUHS volleyball team’s 3-0 victory on Sept. 7.
Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — Girls’ volleyball, the newest varsity program at Middlebury Union High School after a seasons as a JV team following its previous history as a club, is making waves. Two one-sided home wins in the past week have pushed the debuting varsity team’s record to 4-0. 

On Sept. 7 the Tigers won the first varsity home game in program history, 3-0 over Rice. Sienna Rubright helped sparked the victory with 15 service aces. 

The Tigers followed that up with a 3-1 win on Tuesday over visiting Montpelier. The scores were 25-21, 25-16, 16-25, 11-25, and 25-7. 8-25. The third-set loss was the first of the season for the Tigers; they have now won 12 out of 13 sets in their first varsity season. 

In that match, Coach Bethany Morrissey said seniors Addison Copeland and Rubright sparked the Tigers with “standout plays, including serving runs, digs and kills.”

The team will look to keep the good times rolling when they host Vermont Commons on Friday at 6 p.m. in the MUHS gym. The Tigers have already defeated Vermont Commons on the road this season, 3-0. 


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