Middlebury picked up a pair of wins on day two at the 2012 Bear Classic at the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Panthers topped DeSales 3-1, before earning a 3-0 (25-9, 25-12, and 25-11) victory over Lasell. Middlebury improves to 7-3 on the year and will host three NESCAC contests next week.
In the first set, the teams exchanged points back-and-forth until Middlebury pushed the lead to 15-11. The Panther’s then went on to score eight of the next ten points en route to a 25-16 win.
The second set was all Desales. The Bulldogs never trailed in the set after getting out to a quick 8-3 lead. From there, they did their scoring in bunches, scoring three consecutive points four different times, winning the set 25-13.
The third set was a game of runs for both sides. With the score tied, 8-8, Desales went on to score eight of the next ten, pushing the lead to 16-10. Middlebury stormed right back on an eight of ten point run of their own, notching it up 18-18. The team’s swapped the next 10 points until the Panthers were able to string together the three final points of the set, winning 26-24.
In the fourth, with the set tied 14-14, Middlebury scored 11 of the next 14 points to win the set, 25-17, and the match 4-1.
Junior Amy Hart led the Panthers with 13 kills, while sophomore Olivia Kolodka finished with 11. Senior Julia Gibbs dished out 25 assists to go with her three aces. Senior Caitlin Barrett led Middlebury with 17 digs.
After jumping out to a 9-6 lead in the first set, Middlebury scored eight consecutive points to push the lead to 16-6 in its match with Lasell. With the score 17-9, the Panthers scored eight more unanswered points to close the set 25-9. Middlebury, who never trailed during the match, used early leads to shut down the Lasers in each of the second and third sets, 25-12 and 25-11, respectively.
It was a team effort for the Panthers who had nine players register kills. Kolodka led the team with eight, while Katherine Haderlein posted 13 assists in the victory.