Middlebury earned a 3-1 (19, 17, 22-25, 23) win over Colby Sawyer (8-5) in Pepin Gym on Tuesday night. The Panthers (6-0) dropped their first set of the season during the match, opening the year with 15 straight victories. Middlebury returns to action on Thursday night when they host Southern Vermont.
Middlebury was down 10-7 in the first set before rattling off seven straight points to take a 14-10 lead behind the serving of Katie Chamberlain. The Panthers later led 17-16 before coming away with the 25-19 win.
The second set was tied at 9-9 before a 5-1 run gave the home team a 15-10 lead on a pair of kills from Megan Jarchow. The Panthers kept their cushion, taking a 2-0 lead on a 25-17 win.
Colby-Sawyer led 11-6 in the third before Middlebury came back, eventually tying the match at 15-15. The Charger scored the final two points of the set to earn the 25-22 win.
The final set was back and forth, with neither team leading by more than two points until the Panthers took a 19-16 lead. Colby-Sawyer came back to tie the match at 22-22 before Middlebury emerged with the 25-22 win.
Megan Jarchow led Middlebury with a match-high 17 kills, followed by Amy Hart with nine and Piper Underbrink with eight. Kathryn Haderlein earned 14 digs, followed by Lauren Alper with 10 and Hannah Blackburn, who earned nine. Haderlein also dished out 38 assists, while Melanie English had three solo blocks and four assists.
Jackie Keating’s 13 kills and Emilee McBride’s 10 led the Colby-Sawyer offense. Ally Le-Bruno earned 17 digs, Laura Smolinski had 38 assists, while Julia Yee earned three service aces in the match.