Four members of the Middlebury College volleyball team were honored when the NESCAC announced its All-Conference team. Senior Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) and sophomore Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) earned spots on the first-team, while juniors Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) and Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) were second-team honorees. The group are preparing to lead the Panthers into this weekend’s NCAA Regional at Clarkson.
Handel earns All-NESCAC honors for the fourth time as a Panther. The former NESCAC rookie of the year and player of the year has played in 61 of 107 sets this season, ranking second on the team with 2.97 kills and 3.07 digs/set. Handel returned from injury midway through the season and has come on strong for the Panthers down the stretch. She had a season-high 21 kills, while hitting .370 in a win at Plymouth earlier this season. Handel ranks at the top of several of Middlebury’s all-time lists, including kills (1,181-2nd), service attempts (1,258-2nd) and points (1,399-3rd).
Jarchow was the league’s rookie of the year last season, earning a first-team All-NESCAC spot in ‘11. She leads the team and is fourth in the league with 3.20 kills/set, earning a team-best hitting percentage of .255. Jarchow was in double-digits in kills 14 times this season, including a stretch of eight straight contests. She is second all-time at Middlebury with 3.10 kills/set through two seasons.
Barrett and Gibbs were both second-team All-NESCAC selections this fall. Barrett, who earned NCAA All-Tournament honors last season, led the team and is fourth in the NESCAC with 5.03 digs/set this season. She earned 20+ digs 14 times this season, including a season-high 41 in a match against Coast Guard. Barrett is the school’s all-time leader in reception percentage (.925).
Gibbs earns her second-straight appearance on the All-NESCAC second-team, taking over as the team’s setter this season (8.7 assists/set). The ’09 NESCAC rookie of the year leads the team with 63 service aces this season and is first on the school’s all-time list with 180. She earned a season-best 60 assists in a contest with Salve Regina, while earning six service aces vs. Endicott.