Middlebury Blanks Skidmore in Midweek Road Contest

Emma Walsh had 14 assists in Tuesday's win.
Emma Walsh had 14 assists in Tuesday's win.

Middlebury got back to its winning ways on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory at Skidmore (25-22, 25-11, 25-22) in the Williamson Sports Center. The Panthers (11-3) return to action on Friday when they host Tufts in a NESCAC matchup at 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 advantage in the opening set, capped on a service ace by Claire White-Dzuro. The Thoroughbreds (14-8) chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to 14-13 on a kill by Lauren Wolters. With the Middlebury lead hovering between one and four, the hosts sliced it to 21-20 on a Panther attack error. The Panthers tallied four of the last six points, including a solo block by Isabel Sessions on set point, for the 25-22 victory.

Clinging to a 7-6 edge in set number two, Middlebury rattled off a 12-2 run for a 19-8 lead and cruised to the 25-11 set win. Sarah Staver had three kills during the decisive spurt for the Panthers.

With the final set deadlocked at 11-11, the visitors moved out to their largest lead at five (20-15) on a block. Skidmore slowly worked its way to within a pair at 24-22 on a service ace from Lily Fitzgerald, but a kill from Staver clinched the set and the match.

Staver led the Middlebury attack with 16 kills and a .519 hitting percentage, while Sessions also chipped in with 10 kills. Chellsa Ferdinand had 18 assists and Emma Walsh dished out 14. Gigi Alper posted a team-best 15 digs, while White-Dzuro chipped in with 12 and a pair of service aces. Staver tallied two block solos and a block assist.

Skidmore was paced by Katy Ehnstrom with 10 kills, while Sophia Hettler had eight. Lauren Wolters recorded 17 assists for the Thoroughbreds, while Catie Canfield dug up a team-best 14 balls.