Four members of the Middlebury College women’s volleyball team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-league teams. Senior Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while also earning a spot on the first-team. Joining her on the first team was junior Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.), while senior Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) and junior Amy Hart (Kenilworth, Ill.) were named to the second-team. The group are preparing to lead the team into its third straight and fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend at Clarkson.
Barrett has enjoyed an outstanding year as the team’s libero. She leads the NESCAC in digs with 5.01/set and is second all-time at Middlebury with 1,950 digs. A second-team All-NESCAC selection last year, Barrett has a .949 reception percentage, with just 25 errors on 489 attempts this season. She earned 20 or more digs 13 times this season, including 21 against Bowdoin and 23 against Connecticut College in the NESCAC Tournament. The senior captain has played in more matches than anyone at Middlebury, entering NCAA play with 117 matches under her belt.
Jarchow earns a spot on the first-team for the second straight season after being named the NESCAC Rookie of the year in ’10. The junior outside hitter leads the team and is fifth in the NESCAC with 3.13/set, while ranking seventh in the league and first on the team among hitters with a .270 percentage. She earned a season-high 19 kills twice this season, including boasting a .400 hitting percentage in the NESCAC Championship win over Connecticut College. Jarchow is fourth all-time at Middlebury with 972 kills in 91 matches played.
Gibbs is a second-team All-NESCAC selection for the third straight season after earning conference rookie of the year honors in ’09. The senior was setting early in the season, but has moved to right side hitter in mid-October. She is among the team leaders in many categories, including kills (1.53), assists (5.52), service aces (.44), digs (3.51) and blocks (.42). Gibbs also has just 10 errors on 203 attempts for a .951 reception percentage. She earned double digits in kills three times this season, including NESCAC Tournament wins over Trinity and Bowdoin.
Hart earns second-team honors after a solid junior season hitting for the Panthers. Hart is second on the team with 2.94 kills/set this season, placing her sixth in the NESCAC. She is also tops among Panthers in service aces, owning 52 this season for a .52/set average. Hart is third on the squad with 2.52 digs/set with a season-high 20 at Amherst on October 12th. On 15 different occasions Hart earned double digits in kills, including a season-high 18 at Connecticut College on September 15th.