Big Runs Help Middlebury Cruise Past Colby

Sarah Staver had nine kills and three service aces in Saturday's win at Colby.
Sarah Staver had nine kills and three service aces in Saturday's win at Colby.

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.

Clinging to a 10-9 lead in the opening set against the Mules (4-8, 0-4), the Panthers rattled off 15 of the final 17 points of the stanza for the 25-11 victory. Middlebury tallied five service aces during the spurt, including 

The back-and-forth second set featured numerous ties and lead changes. With the score knotted at 19-19, the Panthers rattled off the final six points of the frame for a two sets to none lead. Isabella Marcus recorded a pair of kills during the run for the Panthers.

In the final set with Middlebury leading 3-2, the visitors put together a 9-1 run for a 12-3 advantage. The Mules pulled back to within six at 19-13 on a Panther attack error, but a quick 3-1 spurt by Middlebury increased the lead back to eight (22-14) en route to the three-set sweep.

Sarah Staver led the Middlebury attack with nine kills and a .643 hitting percentage, while Maggie Wise and Isabel Sessions both added seven kills. Chellsa Ferdinand handed out a match-high 26 assists. Claire White-Dzuro ended the afternoon with a team-best nine digs, while Sessions added eight. Corley Doyle recorded a block solo and three block assists to pace the Panthers at the net, while Staver finished with three service aces.

Colby was led by Paige Hanssen with match-best totals of 11 kills and 13 digs. Molly Manuel tallied a team-high 19 assists, while Erin Maidman had nine digs.