Middlebury improved to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC with a 3-1 win over Colby (7-3, 1-1) in Pepin Gym. The Middlebury defense earned 17 total blocks on the night en route to the victory. The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they host Bates at 2:00 p.m., while Colby visits Williams.
Middlebury cruised to a 25-14 win in the first set, before battling back to take the second set 28-26 after trailing 9-3 early. Colby had a pair of set points in the third before making it a 2-1 match with a 26-24 win. In the fourth set, the Panthers trailed 5-4 early before a pair of services aces from Caitlin Barrett gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Fittingly, Madeline Firestone and Olivia Kolokda ended the match with a block on a Colby attack.
Amy Hart led the Panther offense with 16 kills, followed by nine apiece from Megan Jarchow and Kolodka, while Firestone added eight. Piper Underbrink finished the match with one solo block and eight assists, while Firestone had three solos and seven assists. Barrett earned a team-high 21 digs, followed by Julia Gibbs (31 assists) with 18 and Barrett with three service aces.
Natalie Roy earned a match-high 20 kills to pace Colby, while Maggie Taylor added nine and Lily Kramlich-Taylor pitched in with eight. Taylor earned 23 digs, Emily Varni had 20, while Roy contributed 17 as Kate Pleasants paced the team with 39 assists.