Women's Volleyball Opens 3-1

The Middlebury College women's volleyball team opened up its season with a 3-1 record en route to a second place finish at the Potsdam Invitational Tournament. The Panthers opened their season with a 3-1 win over the host school on the first night of the tourney. Junior Lexie Fisher (San Francisco, Calif.) led the offense with 14 kills, while senior Lacee Patterson (Aspen, Colo.) added seven and senior Amy Heath (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and sophomore Kelly Nichols (Greendale, Wis.) added six apiece. Nichols and first-year player Reisa Bloch (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) had 18 digs apiece, while Patterson added 17 to go along with her three blocks.

Later that night, the Panthers moved to 2-0 as they earned a 3-2 win over Russell Sage. Nichols earned 16 kills in the match, Fisher had 13, while sophomore Josie Keller (York, Pa.) banged out 10. Sophomore Olivia Minkhorst (Atlanta, Ga.) was big on defense, earning 36 digs in the match, followed by Fisher with 28. Patterson had 26 digs and 45 assists in the win.

Middlebury suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday as they fell 3-0 in a tight match with Rochester. Sophomore Kate Heath (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) led the team with 11 kills, while A. Heath had nine. Bloch earned 19 digs, Fisher had 16, while Patterson picked up 14.

In the tournament finale, Middlebury picked up a 3-2 win in a hard-fought battle with Oswego. Fisher had 14 kills in the match, while Nichols had 11. Five players had double figures in digs, led by Fisher (20), Patterson (19), Bloch (18) and junior Amy McCowan (Lafayette, Calif.) with 18. Patterson dished out 41 assists, while Keller had five total blocks.

For her solid performance on the weekend, Fisher was named to the all-tournament team.