October 15, 2012

The Middlebury College women’s volleyball team snapped Skidmore's 13-match winning streak, topping the Thoroughbreds 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20) at the Williamson Sports Center. 

The teams battled back and forth in every set, but Middlebury was able to pull away late and secure the victories.

For the Panthers it was a balanced attack led by sophomore Olivia Kolodka (Verona, N.J.), junior Amy Hart (Kenilworth, Ill.) and junior Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) all finishing with double-digit kills.  Senior Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) chipped in with 21 digs and rookie Kathryn Haderlein (Pasadena, Calif.) added 35 assists. As a team, Middlebury had 10 service aces led by three from Hart. 

Lizzie Ahern posted a match-high 19 kills and Lauren Antion added 17 of her own, lifting Amherst past Middlebury 3-2 win at LeFrak Gym. After racing to a 2-0 lead with victories of 25-21 and 25-19, the Lord Jeffs fell victim to a fierce Panther rally, as the visitors took the next two sets, 25-13 and 25-22. Amherst would not be denied in the final set, jumping out to a big lead and then withstanding another Middlebury comeback to win, 15-12, and earn the thrilling match victory.

Jarchow’s 17 kills led a balanced Middlebury attack, while Hart added 14 kills and 20 digs and senior Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) filled the stat sheet with 11 kills, 21 assists and 15 digs.

Barrett led the defensive effort for Middlebury with 25 digs, while Haderlein traded setting duties with Gibbs and finished with 26 assists to go with five kills and an impressive .571 hitting percentage.

Hart had 16 kills and a .600 hitting percentage, 13 digs, and two blocks to lead visiting Middlebury to a 3-0 victory at Trinity in a match played in Oosting Gymnasium.

Middlebury won the first set handily, 25-11, and edged the Bantams, 25-23, in the second set before taking the third, 25-19.  Jarchow had 13 kills and Barrett added 30 digs for the Panthers.

• Volleyball record: 14-5

• Up next: 10/17 vs. Plymouth – 7:00, 10/19-20 @ Hall of Fame Classic (Mt. Holyoke)