Women's Volleyball Dominates NESCAC Awards
November 11, 2010
The Middlebury College women's volleyball team had a strong presence on the recent All-NESCAC teams, boasting the Player of the Year Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.), Rookie of the Year Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Coach of the Year Sarah Raunecker. Also earning All-Conference honors were Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) and sophomore Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas). The group recently won the NESCAC Championship and are headed to Springfield for an NCAA Regional this weekend.
Handel earns a first-team All-NESCAC spot for the second straight season, after being a second-team selection during her first season. The former NESCAC Rookie of the Year earns Player of the Year honors two seasons later, after honorable mention All-American honors a year ago. The team's offensive leader paces the team with 3.07 kills/set, is second with 3.83 digs/set, while earning 30 blocks and 39 service aces. Handel has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week three times this fall.
Jarchow earned Rookie of the Year honors after an impressive rookie season. She is second on the squad in kills (3.00/set), to go along with 29 blocks. Last week, Jarchow led the team with 4.0 kills and a .349 hitting percentage at the NESCAC Championship weekend to earn Player of the Week honors. She also earned 4.8 digs and .2 blocks/set over Middlebury's three victories. In Sunday's 3-1 final victory over Tufts, Jarchow had 17 kills and 28 digs.
Joining Handel on the first-team was Barrett, who was a second-team All-Conference choice a year ago as the team's setter. She is the school's all-time leader in assists with 3,875, currently adding to her single-season record with 1,104 this fall.
Gibbs earned a spot on the second-team after earning NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors a year ago. Gibbs is third on the team this season with 2.63 kills/set, while leading the squad with .57 service aces/set. She also had 29 blocks in '10, to go along with 2.56 digs/set.
Raunecker earns Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her 16th season as head coach. She has been involved with the program since its inception, serving as an assistant coach in '94. She owns a career record of 288-166 heading into NCAA Tournament play.
In '98, Raunecker led the team to the most wins in school history (26) and its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The previous season, she was named the NESCAC coach of the year after leading the Panthers to their first NESCAC title in '97.