Three members of the Middlebury College women’s volleyball team were honored when the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) and NEWVA (New England Women’s Volleyball Association) handed out post-season honors. Senior Caitlin Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Megan Jarchow (Cos Cob, Conn.) were a first-team All-Region and honorable mention All-American from AVCA, while being named to the NEWVA first-team All-Region squad. Barrett, along with senior Julia Gibbs (Houston, Texas) were selected to play in the NEWVA Senior Classic on December 2nd at Babson.
Barrett enjoyed an outstanding year as the team’s libero. She led the NESCAC in digs with 4.95/set and is second all-time at Middlebury with 1,984 digs. The NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year had a .948 reception percentage, with just 28 errors on 541 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 played in 119 matches at Middlebury, more than anyone else in school history. She is also tied for first all-time at the school with Gibbs, both owning a .930 receiving percentage.
The former NESCAC Rookie of the year, Jarchow is a two-time first-team All-NESCAC selections as well. The junior outside hitter led the team and was fifth in the NESCAC with 3.13/set, while ranking sixth 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 997 kills in 93 matches played.
Gibbs is a three-time second-team All-NESCAC selection after earning conference rookie of the year honors in ’09. The senior was setting early in the season, but moved to right side hitter in mid-October. She was among the team leaders in many categories, including kills (1.64), assists (5.13), service aces (.42), digs (3.41) and blocks (.41). Gibbs also has just 12 errors on 250 attempts for a .952 reception percentage. She earned double digits in kills three times this season, including NESCAC Tournament wins over Trinity and Bowdoin. She is Middlebury’s all-time leader with 230 service aces, ranks fifth with 1,613 assists, while being tied with Barrett for first all-time with a .930 receiving percentage.