Women's Volleyball Plays Three

October 13, 2008

The Panther women's volleyball team had a busy week with three solo matches, including two on the road. The week began as Middlebury picked up a 3-0 win at in-state foe Norwich on Tuesday night. The Panthers were 25-15 winners in the first set, before needing a few extra points to pick up a 29-27 win in set number two. Middlebury dominated the third set as they came away with a 25-12 win.

First-year player Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.) had a big match with 15 kills, while classmate Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) had nine. Handel, senior Olivia Minkhorst (Atlanta, Ga.) and junior Natalie DuPre (Louisville, Ky.) each had eight digs in the contest, while sophomore Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) earned 38 assists.

Middlebury dropped a lengthy five-set match at Colby-Sawyer on Friday night, with set scores of 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 11-25, and 15-13. The Chargers took the first two sets of the match and looked like they would win the match in the third set after starting on an 8-2 run. The Panthers battled back and tied the set at 16-16. From that point, they took control and won the set 25-22. Middlebury won the fourth set, before the fifth set saw the teams go back and forth with multiple lead changes and ties before the Chargers earned the 15-13 win.

Middlebury had three players with double-figure kills, led by Cordle with 17 kills to go with 11 digs. Handel also recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, while senior Lindsay Patterson (Aspen, Colo.) had a solid match for the Panthers, registering 12 kills and 21 digs.

Middlebury played just its second home match of the season, as they dropped a 3-1 contest to Tufts on Sunday afternoon. Handel led the team with 13 kills, followed by Patterson with 11. DuPre earned 26 digs in the match, followed by Barrett with 18 and 34 assists.
. Women's Volleyball record: 7-8
. Up next: 10/17-18 @ NESCAC Quad (Amherst)