The Middlebury volleyball team ran its winning streak to six-straight matches as it picked up two victories Saturday as part of the Skidmore Classic. The Panthers (9-2) earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory in the first match over Ramapo, and followed that with a four-set victory over Sage. Middlebury has nearly a week off before it returns to the court Friday when the Panthers hit the road for an 8:00 p.m. NESCAC match at Trinity.
In the win over Ramapo, the Roadrunners grabbed the first set (25-20), but Middlebury grabbed a 2-1 lead with narrow 25-23 and 26-24 victories in numbers two and three. Ramapo squared the match and forced a fifth set via a 25-12 win in the fourth set, but the Panthers posted a 15-12 triumph in the decisive set.
Becca Raffel finished with a team-best 19 kills, while Isabel Sessions had eight and Melanie English and Eliana Schaefer each recorded seven. Hannah Blackburn dished out 39 assists, a team-best four service aces and collected 12 digs, while Charlotte Devine and Emily Kolodka concluded the match with 13 and 12 digs, respectively. English led the way at the net with four block assists.
Larysa Iwaskiw finished with a match-high 23 kills for the Roadrunners, while Emily Guzman chipped in with 10. Kaitlin Mac Iver had 37 assists, while Kristen Behrens led four players in double figures with 15 digs.
In the second match against Sage, the Gators won the opening set 25-22, but the Panthers cruised in the next three by tallies of 25-8, 25-15 and 25-15 for the victory.
Raffel and Sessions highlighted the attack with 17 and 13 kills, respectively, while English tallied a stellar .625 hitting percentage with 11 kills against just one error in 16 attempts. Blackburn posted 44 assists, while Kolodka had three service aces. Blackburn and Kolodka tied for team-high honors with 14 digs, while Sarah Staver had a block solo and four block assists in the victory.