Middlebury improved to 13-1 on the season as they earned a 3-1 (12, 9, 17-25, 16) win over Skidmore (7-11) in Pepin Gym. The busy week continues for the Panthers on Friday night when they host NESCAC foe Amherst at 8:00 p.m.
With the match tied at 3-3 in the first set, Middlebury rattled off eight of the next nine points to take an 11-4 lead. Megan Jarchow had four of her match-high 14 kills (.455) during the run. The lead grew to as many as 20-6 before the Panthers emerged with the 25-12 victory.
Leading 6-4 in the second set, Middlebury again went on a big run, this time scoring the next eight points to hold a 14-4 advantage. The Panthers maintained their lead, holding the Thoroughbreds to just nine points in the 25-9 set win.
Skidmore took the third set 25-17 as many of the Middlebury reserves saw quality playing time. The Panthers led 9-8 when the Thoroughbreds went on a 7-2 run to take a 15-11 lead. Middlebury would get no closer as Skidmore forced the match into a fourth set.
Middlebury jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the fourth set and never looked back. Skidmore was able to cut the lead to three points at 15-12, but the Panthers pulled away for the 25-16 win.
Amy Hart aided Jarchow’s effort with eight kills, while Piper Underbrink added six with a .556 hitting percentage. Kathryn Haderlein dished out 42 assists in the match to go along with her team-high 11 digs. Katie Chamberlain earned 10 digs, with nine apiece from Hart and Hannah Blackburn.
Corinne Palmer led Skidmore with 11 kills, while Aria Goodman had 10. Emma Wilberg earned 30 assists with a match-high 16 digs from Marcela Familiar.