The Middlebury volleyball team continued its run of excellence in the classroom by earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. The Panthers posted a team grade point average of 3.46 during 2018-19, marking the 14th-consecutive year (2006-19) that the program has been recognized for its academic achievements. In total, a record-high 1,125 collegiate and high school teams were honored for their hard work in the award’s 27th year of existence.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced its Fall All-Sportsmanship Team for each fall sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2018 Fall All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. The following are Middlebury's 84 representatives, the highest total in the conference.
Middlebury College volleyball player Sarah Staver (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) has been named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District I First-Team Academic All-District selections by the organization. The senior helped lead Middlebury to a 17-6 record in 2018.
Two members of the Middlebury College volleyball team were honored when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) handed out postseason honors. Seniors Isabel Sessions (Chicago, Ill.) and Sarah Staver (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) were both first-team All-Northeast Region selections. The duo helped guide the Panthers to a 17-6 record in 2018.
Two Middlebury College volleyball players were honored when the league announced its All-NESCAC recipients. Seniors Isabel Sessions (Chicago, Ill.) and Sarah Staver (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) were both First-Team All-NESCAC selections. The duo helped guide the Panthers to a 17-6 record in 2018.
The fourth-seeded Middlebury volleyball team lost in the NESCAC Quarterfinals by a 3-0 score (27-25, 25-20, 25-17) to fifth-seeded Tufts on Friday. The Panthers drop to 17-6 overall, while the Jumbos improve to 16-9 with the victory.
Middlebury College volleyball player Sarah Staver (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) has been selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week. The senior middle hitter averaged 3.36 kills per set with a .418 hitting percentage in a 3-0 week for the Panthers. She also earned 10 digs, nine total blocks and five services aces in the three victories. Staver hit .472 with a career-high 17 kills in the regular-season finale versus Williams.
Looking for its second NESCAC Volleyball Tournament title in the last three years and sixth overall, fourth-seeded Middlebury begins its quest when it squares off with fifth-seeded Tufts on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal match. The two teams played on October 12 in Middlebury, as the Panthers earned a four-set victory (25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20). Semifinal matches will be played on Saturday, November 3 followed by the championship match on Sunday, November 4 hosted by Bowdoin in Morrell Gymnasium.
The Middlebury volleyball team capped its regular season Saturday with a 3-1 home victory (19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19) over Williams in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (17-5, 7-3) earned the No. 4 seed in next weekend's NESCAC Tournament and open with fifth-seeded Tufts on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Top-seeded Bowdoin will host championship weekend.
The Middlebury team volleyball increased its winning streak to four matches with a four-set home victory (25-23, 25-14, 16-25, 25-20) over Hamilton in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (16-5, 6-3) conclude their regular-season schedule Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. conference home match with Williams, while the Continentals (7-13, 1-9) host Utica at 3:00 p.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team swept host Colby-Sawyer (25-16, 25-16, 25-16) in straight sets on Wednesday evening in the Coffin Field House. The Panthers (15-5) return to action on Friday with a home NESCAC contest against Hamilton at 7:00 p.m., while the Chargers (17-10) host Plymouth State tomorrow night.
Middlebury College volleyball player Isabel Sessions (Chicago, Ill.) has been selected as the NESCAC Player of the Week. The senior outside hitter averaged 3.75 kills and 3.08 digs per last week for the Panthers. She posted double-doubles against Babson (11 kills, 11 digs) and Springfield (19 kills, 20 digs), while adding 15 kills with six digs in the victory over 21st-ranked MIT. Sessions finished the week with a .283 hitting percentage.
The Middlebury volleyball team won a pair of matches on Saturday during the final day of the New England Challenge. In the day’s first contest, the Panthers (14-5) knocked off 21st-ranked MIT by a 3-1 score (25-19, 19-25, 25-15, 25-19), before outlasting Springfield in five sets during the afternoon (21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 15-5). The Panthers return to action on Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. match at Colby-Sawyer.
The Middlebury volleyball team opened play during the two-day New England Challenge with a 3-0 setback Friday evening at Babson (18-5) by scores of 25-22, 25-15, 25-16. The Panthers (12-5) return to action Saturday, playing an 11:00 a.m. match at 21st-ranked MIT followed by a 3:30 p.m. contest with Springfield.
The Middlebury volleyball team grabbed a 2-1 lead, but visiting Bowdoin rallied to win the last two sets Saturday for a 3-2 win (25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-12, 15-9) over the Panthers in Pepin Gymnasium. In the setback, Middlebury’s Isabel Sessions became just the sixth player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. The Panthers (12-4, 5-3) return to play Friday when they travel to Babson for a 7:00 p.m. match, while the Polar Bears (18-1, 8-0) host Bates on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team bested Tufts (11-8, 5-3) by a 3-1 score (25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20) on Friday evening in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (12-3, 5-2) return to action on Saturday when they host Bowdoin at 2:00 p.m., while the Jumbos entertain Springfield next Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Middlebury got back to its winning ways on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory at Skidmore (25-22, 25-11, 25-22) in the Williamson Sports Center. The Panthers (11-3) return to action on Friday when they host Tufts in a NESCAC matchup at 7:00 p.m.
Middlebury had its seven-match winning streak snapped in a four-set loss at Wesleyan (25-22, 25-19, 25-27, 25-18) on Saturday in Silloway Gymnasium. The Panthers (10-3, 4-2) return to the court at Skidmore beginning at 7:00 p.m., while the Cardinals (11-2, 6-0) host Colby on Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Behind a career-high tying 23 kills from Isabel Sessions, Middlebury earned its seventh-straight overall win by a 3-1 tally (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24) at Connecticut College on Friday. The Panthers (10-2, 4-1) return to the court Saturday when travel to Wesleyan for a 2:00 p.m. league contest.
Beth Neal ’20 is a three-year player, and current captain, for the Middlebury volleyball team. A neuroscience major with minors in art history and global health from Franklin, Massachusetts, Neal is also a member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams.
Middlebury utilized big runs in all three sets on Saturday, cruising past host Colby (25-11, 25-19, 25-16) in NESCAC play. The Panthers (9-2, 3-1), winners of six-straight matches and 18-consecutive sets, return to the court Friday when travel to Connecticut College for an 8:00 p.m. league contest.
Middlebury claimed a tight opening set and cruised sets two and three, easing past host Bates (25-20, 25-14, 25-8) on Friday in NESCAC action. The Panthers (8-2, 2-1), winners of five-straight matches, return to the court Saturday when travel to Colby for a 2:00 p.m. contest, while the Bobcats (5-4, 1-3) host the University of New England on Tuesday.
Middlebury eased past visiting Saint Michael’s in straight sets by scores of 25-11, 25-13 and 25-11 on Tuesday evening in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (7-2), winners of four-straight matches, return to action Friday for an 8:00 p.m. NESCAC match at Bates, while Saint Michael’s (0-6) hosts Southern New Hampshire on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team eased past host Ramapo (25-16, 25-13, 25-8) on Saturday in the Bradley Center as a part of the Ramapo Tri-Match. The Panthers (6-2) return to the court Tuesday when they host St. Michael’s at 7:00 p.m.
Middlebury swept past New York University (25-19, 30-28, 25-22) on Friday evening in Ramapo’s Bradley Center as a part of the Ramapo Tri-Match. The Panthers (5-2) return to the court Saturday when they play the host Roadrunners at 11:00 a.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team dropped a tight opening set, but rebounded to claim the final three stanzas during a four-set victory (26-28, 25-12, 25-13, 25-17) over Trinity Saturday in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (4-2, 1-1) return to the court Friday when they play NYU at 5:00 p.m. as part of the Ramapo Tri-Match, while the Bantams (5-2, 0-1) travel to Amherst that same day at 7:00 p.m.
The Middlebury volleyball team opened NESCAC play with a tight five-set loss (25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-10) to Amherst on Friday evening in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers (3-2, 0-1) return to the court Saturday when they host Trinity at 2:00 p.m., while the Mammoths (4-0, 1-0) host Newberry and Sage on Saturday.
Middlebury claimed the back-and-forth opening set and cruised sets two and three, easing past host Plymouth State by scores of 25-21, 25-14 and 25-9 on Tuesday evening in the John C. Foley Gymnasium. The Panthers (3-1) return to the court Friday when they open NESCAC action with a 7:00 p.m. home match against Amherst.