October 5, 2009

The Panther women's volleyball team enjoyed a 3-1 week, with two matches at home as well as their first two NESCAC matches of the season.

Middlebury opened NESCAC play at Williams, taking on both Trinity and Amherst on Saturday. The Panthers defeated Trinity 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 26-24) in their first match of the day, before falling to Amherst, 3-2 (15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-12).

Against Trinity, sophomore Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) had a big match offensively with 17 kills to go along with 10 digs and three block assists. Sophomore Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.) added eight kills and 12 digs, while senior Natalie DuPre (Louisville, Ky.) earned 10 digs in the win.

Amherst avenged an earlier season loss to Middlebury with a come-from-behind five-set win. Handel (15) and first-year player Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) (11) led the team in kills in the match, while junior Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) had 46 assists. DuPre led the defense with 23 digs, followed by rookie Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) (15), Cordle (15) and Handel (12).

Earlier in the week, Middlebury earned a pair of home wins over Colby-Sawyer and Norwich. Handel earned a dozen kills in the win over Colby-Sawyer, while Cordle added nine. Cordle also came up with 15 digs and three service aces, while DuPre and Barrett had 12 digs apiece. Sophomore Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) was big at the net with 3.5 blocks in the win, as Lauren Barrett dished out 29 assists.

Handel led the offense with 13 kills in the win over Norwich, while Goeke earned seven on the night. L. Barrett came in with a dozen digs, while senior Reisa Bloch (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) added 11.
. Women's volleyball record: 10-3
. Up next: 10/9 @ Conn, 10/10 @ Wesleyan