October 17, 2011

            Middlebury head coach Sarah Raunecker won her 300th career match as the Panthers (10-5) topped Skidmore (15-8) by a score of 3-0 (12, 18, 22) on Tuesday. Raunecker, who took over the program in its second year of existence in '95, now owns a career mark of 302-170.                  

            At the NESCAC weekend hosted by Colby, Middlebury opened with a tight 3-2 (24-26, 25-5, 25-23, 19-25, 17-15) loss to Bowdoin. Sophomore Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) led the team with 11 kills, while junior Madeline Firestone (Solvang, Calif.) added 10 and sophomore Amy Hart (Kenilworth, Ill.) chipped in with eight. Junior Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) earned 28 digs in the contest, junior Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) had 43 assists, while Firestone added five blocks.

            Middlebury bounced back on Saturday, earning a 3-1 win over Bates and a 3-0 victory over Colby. Against Bates, Hart earned 13 kills, while Jarchow had a dozen to lead the Panthers to the win. Five players were in double digits in the digs column, led by senior Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) with 16 and Barrett with 15. Hart had five blocks, Gibbs added four with 35 assists.

            Jarchow had a big match against Colby, earning 17 kills while hitting at .531 for the contest. Barrett paced the team with 21 digs, Gibbs added 27 assists, while Jarchow picked up five blocks.

            In Raunecker’s 300th win, Jarchow led the team with nine kills, going 6-6 in the first set. Hart finished with six kills, followed by Firestone and Handel with five apiece. Gibbs dished out 31 assists, Barrett finished with 22 digs, while Handel added 10. Gibbs picked up five service aces in the victory, while Hart added four.
• Women’s volleyball record: 13-6                                                             
• Up next: 10/21-22 @ Hall of Fame Classic (Smith/Mount Holyoke)