November 10, 2008

The Middlebury College women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17) loss to Williams in a NESCAC quarterfinal match-up at Tufts. The Panthers end their season with a 15-11 record, including eight wins in their final 10 matches of the season.

The first two sets were taken by the Ephs as the Panthers never held a lead in either of the sets. Middlebury kept the first set close until Williams used an 8-3 run to build a seven point lead at 19-12. The largest lead of the set was ten for the Ephs, which was the final difference at 25-15.

Set two saw Williams jump ahead to a quick 5-0 advantage and eventually a set-high nine-point bulge at 15-6. The Panthers got no closer than six the rest of the way as the Ephs took a 2-0 sets lead with the 25-16 victory.

In the third set, the Panthers grabbed their first lead of the match at 3-2. After numerous ties throughout the set, including 14-14, 15-15 and 16-16, Middlebury took the lead for good at 17-16. The Panthers built a five-point cushion at 23-18, but then Williams used a small run to close to within two points at 24-22. Middlebury was able to put the set away at 25-22 as they now trailed two sets to one.

Williams controlled the action in the fourth set, but could not pull away from the Panthers early. Finally, with the score at 14-12 in favor of the Ephs, Williams put together a 7-2 run to build a lead of seven points. From there the Ephs won the match with a 25-17 fourth-set victory.

The Panthers were led by the 14 kills and 18 digs from first-year player Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.). Senior Lindsay Patterson (Aspen, Colo.) added 13 kills and a couple of service aces. Sophomore Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) contributed 35 assists.
. Women's volleyball final record: 15-11