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.
Jackie Keating led the Chargers with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Leah Drolet hit .294 and had nine kills with seven total blocks. Lexi Strong collected a match-best 25 digs, while Laura Smolinski had 42 assists and 12 digs.
Middlebury was led by a 13-kill performance from Alice Roberts. She hit a match best .333 and added a pair of block assists. Emily Kolodka registered a team-best 20 digs, while Lizzy Reed added 18 digs.
The Chargers led for most of the first set and held a lead of six on multiple occasions. Colby-Sawyer was in front 22-17 when Middlebury was forced to call a timeout. The Panthers rattled off the next six points and took a 23-22 lead. After the teams traded the next couple of points, the Chargers received a kill from Stephanie Vecchio and an attack error from the visitors to take the first set 26-24.
The second set featured 18 ties and seven lead changes with neither team holding an advantage more than two points. With the scored tied 23-23, Drolet recorded one of her four kills in the set to force a Middlebury timeout. Jackie Keating ended the set on the next point with a kill of her own to give Colby-Sawyer the 25-23 victory.
Middlebury rebounded by taking the third set from the opening serve. The Panthers held their largest lead of the match at 11-5 on a Colby-Sawyer attack error. Middlebury closed the set 25-20 on a kill by Piper Underbrink.
Colby-Sawyer closed the match with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set. The teams traded the first four points of the set before Colby-Sawyer took a 3-2 lead on a kill from Vecchio. The Chargers would lead for the remainder of the frame and end the match on a kill by Gabrielle Rodriguez.