The Middlebury women’s volleyball team earned its second NESCAC win in as many days, topping Bates (7-8, 0-3) by a score of 3-1 in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (10-3, 4-1) have now won five straight matches, the last three coming in NESCAC play.
Bates came away with a tight 25-23 win in the first set, before Middlebury came from down 22-19 to pick up a 26-24 victory in the second set. The Panthers got things going in the third set, with Madeline Firestone going 6-6 in her attack opportunities to give her team a 2-1 advantage. Middlebury continued its steady play in the fourth set, earning a 25-14 victory to take the match.
Amy Hart paced the victors with 17 kills, while adding 15 digs in the match. Megan Jarchow finished with a dozen kills, while Firestone had 10 to go along with her .643 hitting percentage. Julia Gibbs dished out 33 assists in the win to go along with her 20 digs, while Kathryn Haderlein had 24 assists. Caitlin Barrett finished with 17 digs in the contest, while Piper Underbrink had a pair of blocks.
Eliza Pyne paced Bates with 10 kills and three block assists, followed by Nicole Russell with eight kills. Laryssa Schepel finished with 16 digs, Russell added 12, while Tess Walther had 10.