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.
Clinging to a narrow 5-4 lead in the first set, the Panthers rattled off 11 of the next 12 points for a 16-5 advantage. Isabel Sessions had three kills during the run for Middlebury. The Violets (10-4) chipped away, pulling to within five (24-19) on a Panther attack error, but a kill from Corley Doyle gave Middlebury the opening-set win.
The second set saw both team put together large runs. NYU raced out to a 9-2 lead on a kill from Kate Glavan, but the Panthers reeled off a 9-3 run, slicing the Violet advantage to 12-11 via an NYU ball-handling miscue. The Violets answered with an 8-1 spurt, grabbing a 20-12 lead on a solo block from Abby Ausmus. Middlebury fought all the way back to even at 23-23 on a kill from Sessions. Knotted at 28-28, a Violet attack error and a service ace from Shea Golden made the score two sets to none in favor of Middlebury.
With the final set tied at 19-19, the Panthers scored the next four points, capped by a service ace from Sarah Staver, for a 23-19 lead. The Violets scored the ensuing three tallies to pull within one, but a kill by Doyle, followed by a kill from Sessions gave the Panthers the three-set sweep.
Sessions and Staver paced the Middlebury offense with 12 and nine kills, respectively, while Wise added eight and Doyle chipped in with seven. Chellsa Ferdinand handed out a match-high 26 assists to go along 12 digs. Gigi Alper dug up 16 balls, while Sessions added 14 to complete her double-double. Staver finished with two block solos and a block assist, while Doyle ended the match with three block assists.
Gretchen Kincade led NYU with eight kills. Stella Alverson and Katie Goyette each had 11 assists, while Alverson ended the match with three service aces. Jacqueline Kupeli had 15 digs, while Ausmus had a block solo and four block assists and Kincade had five block assists.