The Middlebury volleyball team continued its run of excellence in the classroom by earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Panthers posted a team grade point average of 3.64 in 2014-15, placing them seventh among the 142 Division III schools recognized. In total, a record-high 752 teams were recognized for their hard work.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2014 Fall All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. The following are Middlebury’s representatives.
A pair of Middlebury College volleyball players were honored when the league announced its end of the year awards. First-year player Becca Raffel (Palo Alto, Calif.) was named the NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year, while sophomore Hannah Blackburn (Chapel Hill, N.C.) earned second-team honors. The duo were part of a Panther team that finished the season with an even 12-12 mark.
The Middlebury volleyball team, seeded #4, saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23) loss to fifth-seeded Bowdoin in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match played at Tufts. The Panthers finish the season with a final record of 12-12.
Looking for its second NESCAC Tournament title in the last three years, the fourth-seeded Middlebury volleyball team begins its quest when it squares off with fifth-seeded Bowdoin on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. hosted by Tufts. The two teams played on October 10 inside Pepin Gymnasium, as Middlebury hung on for a five-set victory (22-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-25, 15-13). Semifinal matches will be played on Saturday, November 8 followed by the championship match on Sunday, November 9.
The Middlebury volleyball team was defeated by visiting Tufts in a NESCAC matchup Saturday afternoon inside Pepin Gymnasium by scores of 25-16, 25-13, 20-25 and 25-19. Middlebury (12-11, 6-4) will be the number four seed in next weekend’s NESCAC Tournament and will battle fifth-seeded Bowdoin on Friday at 8:00 p.m., while Tufts (19-7, 9-1) grabbed the top seed with today’s win and will host the tournament. The Jumbos will take on eighth-seeded Trinity at 5:00 p.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team eased past visiting Connecticut College in a key NESCAC matchup Friday evening inside Pepin Gymnasium by scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-13. With the win, Middlebury (12-10, 6-3) secures a top-four seed and concludes the regular-season portion of its schedule Saturday against Tufts at 2:00 p.m., while Connecticut College (13-10, 4-5) travels to Hamilton.
The Middlebury volleyball team split a pair of five-set matches Saturday during the final day of the Hall of Fame Tournament. In the day's first contest, the Panthers (11-10) edged by M.I.T. by a 3-2 score in a match played at Amherst, but fell in their second match at Smith to Springfield, 3-2. The Panthers conclude their NESCAC regular-season schedule next weekend when they host Connecticut College on Friday at 8:00 p.m., followed on Saturday with a match against Tufts at 2:00 p.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team opened play during the two-day Hall of Fame Tournament with a 3-1 victory Friday over Brandeis inside Amherst's LeFrak Gymnasium. The Panthers take on M.I.T. at Amherst with a noon start, while facing Springfield at Smith in a 4:00 p.m. match.
Middlebury won two of the three opening sets during Wednesday's match with visiting Plymouth State (11-15), but the visitors rallied and took the fourth and fifth for the 3-2 victory inside Pepin Gym. Plymouth State was victorious by set scores of 15-25, 25-21, 27-29, 25-21 and 15-13. Middlebury (9-9) returns to action on Friday against Brandeis at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Hall of Fame Tournament at Amherst/Smith, while Plymouth State plays Eastern Connecticut and WPI on Saturday.
Middlebury lost the opening set on Saturday afternoon against host Wesleyan, but the Panthers rebounded with three-straight set victories for a 3-1 win by scores of 16-25, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15 inside Silloway Gymnasium. The Panthers (9-8, 5-3) return home Wednesday to take on Plymouth State at 7:00 p.m., while Wesleyan (10-9, 2-7) is idle until next Friday and Saturday for the Hall of Fame Classic.
Middlebury picked up its fourth victory in its last five matches with a 3-0 win Friday evening over host Trinity by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19 inside Oosting Gymnasium. The Panthers (8-8, 4-3) return to the court on Saturday when they stay in Connecticut for a 2:00 p.m. match with Wesleyan, while Trinity (11-7, 3-5) hosts Hamilton.
The Middlebury women’s volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19) loss at Colby-Sawyer (17-8) on Tuesday night. The win for the Chargers was their first over the Panthers since 2008. Middlebury (7-8) returns to action on Friday night with an 8:00 p.m. match at Trinity.
Middlebury won its third-straight match, as the Panthers (7-7, 3-3) picked up a 3-0 victory over Colby (9-9, 1-6) in Pepin Gym on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury cruised in the first set 25-12, earning 25-21 and 25-20 wins in the second and third sets to emerge with the win. The Panthers return to action at Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday, while the Mules play three matches at MIT on Friday and Saturday.
After holding a two sets to one lead, the Middlebury volleyball team hung on Friday evening for a five-set NESCAC victory over visiting Bowdoin by scores of 22-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-25 and 15-13 inside Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (6-7, 2-3) return to the court on Saturday when they host Colby at 2:00 p.m., while Bowdoin (12-5, 3-3) travels west to New York for a 2:00 p.m. conference match at Hamilton.
The Middlebury volleyball team eased past host Skidmore on Wednesday evening inside the Williamson Center by scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-20. The Panthers (5-7) return to the court Friday evening when they play host to NESCAC foe Bowdoin at 8:00 p.m., followed by a 2:00 p.m. Saturday home match with Colby.
The Panther volleyball team dropped its second match in as many days as Middlebury fell 3-1 at Williams. The loss drops the Panthers’ record to 4-7, 1-3 in NESCAC play, while the Ephs move to 13-1 overall, 5-1 in the league.
The Middlebury women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 16-25, 22-25) NESCAC road match at Amherst (10-4, 3-4) on Friday night. The Panthers (4-6, 1-2) return to action on Saturday when they visit Williams for a 2:00 p.m. match.
The Middlebury women's volleyball team made it three wins in its last four contests after taking a pair on Saturday afternoon at the Skidmore Classic. The Panthers earned a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-15) victory over St. John Fisher, before topping the host school by the same score (25-15, 25-23, 25-16). Emily Kolodka and Hannah Blackburn were both named to the all-tournament team.
The Middlebury volleyball team fell Friday evening in four sets to visiting Hamilton by scores of 26-24, 25-23, 12-25 and 25-19. The Panthers (2-5, 1-1) return to the court on Saturday when they travel to take part in the Skidmore Classic. Middlebury battles St. John Fisher at 1:00 p.m. followed by a match with the host Thoroughbreds at 3:00 p.m. Hamilton (9-3, 2-0) will also take part in the same event Saturday with two matches against Skidmore and Sage.
The Middlebury volleyball team began the NESCAC portion of its schedule with a straight-set victory over visiting Bates by scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-19. The Panthers have almost a week off before they return to the court on Friday when they host Hamilton at 8:00 p.m., while Bates hosts Saint Joseph’s (Maine) on Thursday.
The Middlebury volleyball team opened the home portion of its schedule with a narrow 3-1 setback to visiting Union by scores of 26-24, 18-25, 25-23 and 25-23. The Panthers return to the court on Saturday when it plays host to Bates at 3:00 p.m., while Union plays Kean and Baptist Bible in a tri-match on the same day.
The Middlebury volleyball team (1-3) concluded its opening weekend of play with two more matches at the UMass.-Boston Tournament. After going 1-1 on Friday night, the Panthers opened Saturday’s play with a 3-0 loss to the host school. In its final match of the weekend against Salisbury, Middlebury fell by a score of 3-0.
The Middlebury volleyball team opened the 2014 season with a 1-1 performance at the UMass Boston Tournament. The Panthers fell to Whitman (4-3) in four sets before rebounding to ease past Western Connecticut State in three sets. Middlebury plays twice more tomorrow against the host Beacons as well as Salisbury at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.
The 2014 Middlebury volleyball program has some unfinished business on its hands as it aims for a NESCAC Championship and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Despite losing a talented senior trio from last season, the Panthers look primed to contend.