Middlebury took over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory over Tufts (14-5, 5-2) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (13-3, 5-0) have now won six straight matches as they prepare to visit Skidmore on Tuesday.
Megan Jarchow had a big match for the Panthers, finishing with 17 kills in the victory. Julia Gibbs added nine kills and 17 digs, while Jane Handel had 13 kills and 17 digs. Lauren Barrett finished the contest with 22 digs and 44 assists, while Caitlin Barrett earned 25 digs.
Nancy Shrodes and Cara Spieler led the Jumbos with 10 kills apiece, while Caitlin Updike added nine. Audrey Kuan added 11 digs in the match, Kendall Lord had 36 assists, while Kiersten Ellefsen chipped in with a pair of blocks.