Middlebury Sweeps Skidmore in Three Sets

Sarah Staver finished the win with six kills and six blocks.
Sarah Staver finished the win with six kills and six blocks.

The Middlebury volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over hosting Skidmore on Tuesday, winning by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 25-23. The victory elevated the Panthers to 12-4 on the season, while the Thoroughbreds fell to 11-13. Middlebury returns home for a NESCAC matchup with Amherst Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Pepin Gymnasium.

Middlebury won the opening set of the match, scoring three of the final four points to break a 22-22 tie. The deciding point came on a kill by Eliana Schaefer.

In the second set, the Panthers never trailed, scoring the first eight points. Middlebury secured a 2-0 lead in the match following a Skidmore service error on the final point.

The last set of the match featured seven ties with the Panthers holding on to earn the sweep. The Thoroughbreds trailed 24-20 and closed the gap to a point, but a Becca Raffel kill clinched the match for Middlebury.

Raffel led all players with 13 kills, raising her career total to 710, and added five block assists. She boasted an impressive .480 hitting percentage (13-1-25) over the three sets. Hannah Blackburn had a balanced effort with 38 assists, 12 digs and two service aces, while Isabel Sessions had 12 kills. Sarah Staver chipped in with six kills and six block assists, while Schaefer contributed with seven kills.

Catie Canfield topped Skidmore with eight kills and 10 assists, while Lauren Wolters dished out a team-best 15 assists.