The Middlebury volleyball team increased its winning streak to nine-straight matches with a 3-0 home victory (25-17, 26-24, 25-13) over visiting Skidmore. Middlebury (12-2) returns to the court Friday when it hosts NESCAC foe Amherst at 8:00 p.m., while Skidmore (5-15) takes part in the Union Invitational on Saturday.
In the opening set, Middlebury jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead on a kill by Gabi Rosenfeld. The Thoroughbreds slowly cut the deficit to four at 12-8 on a service ace from Allie Dillon, but the hosts recorded the next four points and eventually took the first set.
The second set played out much like the first with the Panthers grabbing the early 6-0 advantage. Skidmore battled back scoring 10 of the next 13 points, grabbing a 10-9 edge via a kill by Brittany Osborn. The teams traded points with neither team able to hold more than a four-point advantage. With the Thoroughbreds taking a 24-22 lead on a kill by Caite Canfield, the Panthers rattled off four-consecutive points, including a pair of kills by Isabel Sessions, for the 26-24 set win.
In the third, Middlebury tallied seven of the set's initial eight points and were never challenged on its way to the three-set sweep.
Becca Raffel led the Panthers with a double-double of 15 kills and 14 digs, while Sessions finished with 11 kills. Hannah Blackburn handed out 40 assists to go along with 12 digs and a match-high three service aces. Eliana Schaefer and Melanie English each concluded the match with three block assists.
For Skidmore, Canfield put down 12 kills, while Bailey Hutchins handed out 12 assists. Marcela Familiar-Bolanos and Hutchins had 13 and 10 digs, respectively.