The Middlebury volleyball team ran its winning streak to seven-straight matches as it picked up two victories Saturday as part of a tri-match at UMass.-Boston's Clark Athletic Gymnasium. The Panthers (10-3) earned a hard-fought 3-1 triumph in the first match over Babson, and followed that with a grueling five-set victory over the host Beacons. Middlebury has nearly a week off before it returns to the court Friday when the Panthers host Bowdoin for an 8:00 p.m. NESCAC match.
In the win over Babson (8-7), the Panthers grabbed the first set (25-20), but the Beavers evened the match at a set apiece with a 25-21 win in set two. Middlebury claimed the match with a 25-18 victory in the third set, and posted a narrow 26-24 triumph in the fourth for the victory.
Becca Raffel finished with a team-best 13 kills, while Isabel Sessions was also in double figures with 12 and Eliana Schaefer tacked on eight. Hannah Blackburn produced a double-double of 22 assists and 11 digs, while Chellsa Ferdinand also put together a double-double with 16 assists and 12 digs. Sarah Staver had a nice all-around match consisting of five kills, two service aces and a team-high seven total blocks, while Gigi Alper led the Panthers with 21 digs.
Lorraine Mackiewicz led three Beavers in double figures with a match-high 15 kills, while Jenny Karnes chipped in with 14 and Gizem Yilmaz had 10. Elizabeth Cameron had 37 assists and 12 digs, while Abby Beecher led three players in double figures with a match-high 22 digs.
In the second match against UMass.-Boston (13-3), the Panthers won the opening set 25-22, but the Beacons were victorious during the next two by tallies of 25-17 and 25-15. Middlebury responded by grabbing the fourth set by a 25-19 tally, and hit .400 in the final set (11-1-25) for a 15-9 victory.
Sessions highlighted the attack with a season-best 18 kills, while Raffel chipped in with 12. Staver tacked on seven kills and had a match-best four block solos and three block assists. Blackburn posted 21 assists and 15 digs, while Emily Kolodka led five Panthers who had double-figure dig totals with a season-best 22. Ferdinand racked up another double-double comprised of 14 assists and 12 digs for Middlebury.
Julia Murphy led three Beacons in double figures with 15 kills, while Eileen Shi had 14 and Colleen Koen had 10. Pepper Baker handed out 23 assists, while Elizabeth Glavan dug up a match-high 35 balls and Shi accumulated 23 digs.