Three members of the Middlebury College women’s volleyball team were honored when the NEWVA (New England Women’s Volleyball Association) announced its post-season awards. Senior Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) and junior Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) were second-team All-Region selections, while Handel and senior Elissa Goeke (Chevy Chase, Md.) were chosen to play in the Senior Classic. The group helped lead the Panthers further than any other volleyball team in school history, advancing to the round of 16. Middlebury finished the ’11 season with an overall record of 23-9, advancing to the NESCAC Championship match.
Handel becomes a four-year member of the All-Region team. The three-time first-team All-NESCAC selection earned second-team honors as the conference rookie of the year in ’08. The ‘10 NESCAC player of the year battled back from injury this season to help lead the team as a captain. She is a two-time All-American honorable mention choice, being elected to play in the NEWVA Senior Classic this season. She finished the season second on the team with 3.10 kills/set, while earning 3.06 digs and 21 total blocks.
Handel finishes her career at Middlebury atop many of the school’s all-time lists. Her 1,220 kills place her second at Middlebury, while her 3.33 kills/set are tops all-time. Handel is third all-time with 145 service aces, fourth in matches played (104) and seventh in digs (1,179).
Barrett, who was a second-team All-NESCAC selection this fall, led the team this season with 4.98 digs/set. The number placed her fourth among her NESCAC opponents. She earned a season-high 41 digs vs. Coast Guard, while earning 20 or more 14 times in ’11. Barrett, who earned NCAA All-Tournament honors last season, is third all-time at Middlebury with 1,444, second in digs/set with 4.46. She is also the school’s all-time leader in reception percentage at .922 and is third in serve percentage at .948.
Goeke led the team in ‘11 with 96 blocks, serving as a co-captain with Handel. She ended with a team-high 25 block solos and 71 block assists for .92 blocks/game, fourth in the NESCAC. She earned a season-high seven block assists in a September 30th match with Amherst, earning two or more solo blocks eight times this season. Goeke ends her career with 333 total blocks in 114 matches.