October 11, 2010

            The Middlebury College women's volleyball team took over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory over Tufts (14-5, 5-2) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (13-3, 5-0) have now won six straight matches as they prepare to visit Skidmore on Tuesday.

            First-year player Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) had a big match for the Panthers, finishing with 17 kills in the victory. Sophomore Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) added nine kills and 17 digs, while junior Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) had 13 kills and 17 digs. Senior Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) finished the contest with 22 digs and 44 assists, while sophomore Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) earned 25 digs.

            The previous night, the Panthers earned a 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15) victory over Bowdoin (12-6, 5-1). Handel led the Middlebury offense with 11 kills in the match, while junior Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) (9), Jarchow (9) and Gibbs (8) rounded out the balanced attack. C. Barrett earned 31 digs, followed by junior Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.) with 20 and Handel with 15. Goeke added six blocks, while L. Barrett had 36 assists.
• Women's volleyball record: 13-3
• Up next: 10/12 @ Skidmore, 10/15-16 vs. Wesleyan, Conn. & Trinity @ Amherst