October 4, 2010

            The Panther women's volleyball team moved to 3-0 in NESCAC play with a pair of wins in Maine. On Friday night, the Panthers earned a 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-12) win over Colby, before beating the host school of Bates on Saturday, 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-14).

            Junior Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) led a balanced attack on Friday night, earning 11 kills and 19 digs in the victory. First-year player Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) and sophomore Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) each collected 11 kills, while Gibbs added 16 digs and three service aces. Senior Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) dished out 40 assists and had 19 digs in the match, sophomore Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) added 18 digs, while senior Whitney Bean (Waukee, Iowa) had five total blocks.

            Against Bates, the Panthers used another balanced attack, with junior Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) owning eight kills and Handel picking up seven. Gibbs had a solid all-around match with six kills, five service aces, 10 digs and two block assists. C. Barrett earned 17 digs in the win, while L. Barrett had 31 assists.

            Earlier in the week, Middlebury earned a 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23) road win at Colby-Sawyer. The Panthers didn't hit well in the first set, but bounced back with three straight sets to pick up the win.

            Goeke and Jarchow led the offense with 10 kills apiece, followed by Bean with eight. C. Barrett earned a team-high 17 digs, while Handel added 14 and junior Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.)  had 11. Goeke earned four block solos in the victory, while L. Barrett had 36 assists.
• Women's volleyball record: 11-3               
• Up next: 10/8 vs. Bowdoin - 6:00, 10/9 vs. Tufts - 1:30