Second-seeded Middlebury advanced in the NESCAC Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-21) win over seventh-seeded Trinity College Friday evening in Amherst College's LeFrak Gymnasium. The Bantams' season comes to a close at 16-8 (5-5 NESCAC), while the Panthers (22-5, 8-2) will take on Williams in the semifinals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
After avenging the 3-2 loss it suffered to Trinity on Oct. 16, Middlebury will be making an appearance in the semifinals of the conference championship for the first time since 2004. The Panthers increased their overall winning streak to seven matches, while the Bantams had their win streak snapped at five.
Middlebury was led by 45 assists and 22 digs from Lauren Barrett, as well as 18 kills and 10 digs from Megan Jarchow, who hit at an impressive .680 clip for the match. Julia Gibbs added 11 kills and three service aces, Jane Handel finished with 10 kills and 10 digs, while Whitney Bean and Gibbs had three block assists apiece.
Trinity was led by seven kills and 14 digs from Hannah Brickley, with Alexandra Pell and Kelly O'Brien adding five kills apiece. Jennifer Low had 29 assists, Sarah Blagden picked up 16 digs, and Courtney Chaloff and Kristen Anderson combined for five blocks.