Middlebury

Volleyball Opens 3-1

September 12, 2009

The Middlebury College women's volleyball team is off to a 3-1 start after a weekend at the Potsdam Invitational. The Panthers opened their season with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Clarkson, before bouncing back with at 3-0 victory over Morrisville State. Middlebury swept its matches on Saturday, earning 3-0 wins over Oswego and Utica.

In the season-opener, reigning NESCAC Rookie of the Year Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) led the team with 17 kills, while adding 17 digs in the match. First-year player Sarah Studwell (Pittsford, N.Y.) earned 14 kills in the contest, while senior Natalie DuPree (Louisville, Ky.) earned a team-high 26 digs.

Handel had another big match against Morrisville State, as the sophomore pounded out 17 kills in the victory to go along with a team-high eight digs. Studwell added eight kills in the match as the team recorded 13 service aces.

The Panthers used a balanced attack to cruise to their win over Oswego. Handel had seven kills, while junior Whitney Bean (Waukee, Iowa) and Studwell each picked up four. DuPre led the defense with 13 kills in the match.

Studwell paced the team in their final match of the weekend, earning 11 kills in a win over Utica. Handel had seven kills and a team-high eight digs in the contest, while sophomore Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) picked up six kills and three total blocks.

For her impressive weekend, Handel was named to the All-Tournament team.