Volleyball Struggles At Conn. - Still Headed To Tourney

The Panther women's volleyball team had a rough week as they dropped four NESCAC matches on the road. Based on their success earlier in the season, Middlebury finished NESCAC play with a 5-5 record and have earned the seventh seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament at Williams.

Middlebury opened the NESCAC Quad with a 3-2 loss to the host school at Connecticut College. Junior Lindsay Patterson (Aspen, Colo.) led the team with 14 kills, while junior Josie Keller (York, Pa.) had 11. Sophomore Natalie DuPre (Louisville, Ky.) had 26 digs, Patterson earned 23, while sophomore Reisa Bloch (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) had 20.

The next day, Middlebury fell 3-0 to Wesleyan with two sets being decided by less than three points. Senior Lexie Fisher (San Francisco, Calif.) had eight kills, Patterson had seven, while DuPre earned 15 digs.

In the regular season finale, Middlebury dropped another five-set match, this one to Trinity. Fisher had a big match with 19 kills, while Patterson added 13. First-year player Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) had 45 assists, while DuPre (30) and Patterson (27) led the team in assists.