November 3, 2008

The Middlebury College women's volleyball team has now won eight of its last nine matches, as they earned an impressive 3-0 record at the final quad of the season at Colby. The Panthers finish the regular season with a 15-10 mark, including a 6-4 record in NESCAC play, earning them the fifth seed in the upcoming tournament. Middlebury used a 3-0 win over Bowdoin and 3-1 wins over both Bates and Colby on the weekend. The Panthers are the fifth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, with action beginning on Friday at Tufts.

First-year player Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) came up big against Bowdoin, pounding out 17 kills in the 3-0 win. Senior Lindsay Patterson (Aspen, Colo.) had 13 digs in the match, followed by sophomore Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) with 11 and 27 assists.

Handel (13), rookie Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.) (12) and Patterson (11) led the offensive attack in a 3-1 win over Bates. Junior Natalie DuPre (Louisville, Ky.) came up with 19 digs, while Barrett earned 41 assists.

Handel had another big match in the quad finale against Colby, earning 23 kills in the match. Patterson had 16, DuPre collected 30 digs, while Barrett dished out 49 assists.

Earlier in the week, the Panthers suffered a 3-1 loss to Williams in their season finale in Pepin Gym. The Panthers dropped the first two sets in tightly-contested fashion, 25-23 and 25-23. Middlebury won the third set 25-19 before dropping the fourth, 25-10

Handle led the team with 14 kills, followed by Cordle with 12. DuPre ended the contest with 23 digs, while Handel earned 15. Sophomore Whitney Bean (Waukee, Iowa) picked up six blocks in the match, with 36 assists from Barrett.

. Women's Volleyball record: 15-10

. Up next: 11/7 vs. Williams @ Tufts (NESCAC Quarterfinals) - 8:00 -
11/8 - NESCAC Semifinals - 1:00, 11/9 - NESCAC Championship - 12:00