Middlebury cruised past visiting Plymouth State in three sets on Tuesday in Pepin Gymnasium by scores of 25-13, 26-24, 25-20 in the final non-conference match of the season. The Panthers (12-9) return to action on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. road contest at Williams, while Plymouth State (29-3) hosts Eastern Connecticut State and St. Joseph's (L.I.) on Saturday.
Ahead 9-7 in the opening set, Middlebury put together a 10-2 run for a 19-9 lead on a Plymouth State attack error. Maggie Wise had three kills during the spurt for the hosts. The visitors pulled to within 21-12 on a kill from Jaia Woodland, before Middlebury rattled off four of the next five points to take a 1-0 lead.
In a back-and-forth second set, Plymouth State took its largest lead of 16-12 on a Middlebury hitting error. The hosts roared back with an 8-3 run, grabbing a 20-19 edge on a Plymouth State attack miscue. Later in the set knotted at 24-24, a Plymouth State service error and a kill by Wise gave Middlebury a two-set advantage.
Up 12-11 in the final set, Middlebury recorded a 9-2 run for a 21-13 lead on a Plymouth State hitting error. The visitors moved to within 21-16 via a kill from Francie Shaffer, but Middlebury tallied three of the ensuing four points and eased to the sweep.
Wise led the way for Middlebury with 13 kills, while Corley Doyle chipped in with eight. Chellsa Ferdinand and Emma Walsh each tallied 14 assists, while Gigi Alper posted a team-best 13 digs. Lucy Ambach had four block assists at the net.
Shaffer paced Plymouth State with 13 kills and posted a .500 hitting percentage, while Carabeth Norklun added eight kills. Alexa Price recorded 20 assists, while Maria Wimpey posted 10. Alisha Flanagan dug up 14 balls, while Lex Bowers had 12. Emilee Flanagan finished with four block assists at the net for Plymouth State.