Middlebury Goes 1-1 On Final Day of Wheaton Invitational; Ferdinand Named to All-Tourney Team

Gigi Alper had 38 digs and four services aces during Saturday's two matches.
Gigi Alper had 38 digs and four services aces during Saturday's two matches.

The Middlebury women's volleyball team concluded its opening weekend splitting two matches on Saturday at the Wheaton Invitational. The Panthers eased past Farmingdale State in the day's first match by a 3-0 tally (25-10, 25-13, 25-6), while the host Lyons earned a four-set triumph over Middlebury in the day's second contest (17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18). The Panthers return to action on Tuesday with a 6:00 p.m. match at Plymouth State.

For her efforts, Chellsa Ferdinand was named to the all-tournament team. She handed out 62 assists to go along with 14 kills and four service aces.

Against Farmingdale State (1-7), Isabel Sessions paced the Panthers with 14 kills to go with 12 digs, while Sarah Staver had 13 kills on 18 attempts with just one error for a .667 hitting percentage. Gigi Alper and Shea Golden led all players with 15 digs apiece, while Claire White-Dzuro tacked on 11. Emma Walsh directed Middlebury's attack with 27 assists.

As a team, the Panthers tallied a .278 hitting percentage over the three sets, while limiting the Rams to a -.051 mark.

In the final match against Wheaton (6-1), Staver tallied 13 kills, while Sessions was also in double figures with 11. Alper recorded team-best marks of 23 digs and three service aces, while White-Dzuro had 16. Sessions rounded out her double-double with 14, while Ferdinand handed out 28 assists to go along with six kills and 15 digs.