September 20, 2010

            The Panther women's volleyball earned a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-21) road victory at in-state rival Norwich on Wednesday night. Fourteen different players saw time on the court for the Panthers, as sophomore Sarah Studwell (Pittsford, N.Y.) paced the offense with 11 kills on the night.

         First-year player Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) added seven kills in the victory, junior Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) earned six, while senior Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) had 23 assists. Sophomore Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) had a team-high 14 digs in the match, followed by Handel with 11.

            Middlebury opened up NESCAC play with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) win over Amherst in Pepin Gym on Friday.

         Jarchow and Handel led the teams with 14 kills apiece, while sophomore Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) added 10. Defensively, C. Barrett picked up 18 digs, followed by Handel with 17 and Gibbs with 16. L. Barrett dished out 45 assists, Gibbs had three service aces, while junior Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) earned three blocks.

            Middlebury won its fifth straight match, picking up a 3-0 (25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20) win over St. Michael's on Saturday afternoon. C. Barrett set a new school record with 48 digs in the match, breaking the old record of 44 held by Olivia Minkhorst in '06.

         Gibbs had a big match with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .406, to go along with 10 digs and two service aces. Handel added 13 kills and 17 digs in the victory, while Jarchow chipped in with nine kills. L. Barrett had 45 assists in the win, while junior Caroline Cordle (Atlanta, Ga.) added 15 digs.
• Women's volleyball record: 6-1                 
• Up next: 9/21 vs. Union - 7:00, 9/24-25 @ Amherst Classic