The Middlebury College women’s volleyball team has established itself as a top program in New England. Just five years after earning varsity status, the team was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the fall of 1998. The Panthers have also captured four NESCAC Championships, and were selected to play in the 1997, 1999 and 2000 ECAC Tournaments. Middlebury has also qualified for every New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament in the tournament’s existence.
In the fall of 2011, the program returned to the NCAA Tournament, recording a win in the NCAA Regional. The team also won its third NESCAC Championship, and finished the season just one win shy of the school record with a 25-6 mark. In 2011, the team earned two NCAA wins, advancing to the Regional Finals and finishing with a record of 23-9. In 2012, the team captured its fourth NESCAC Championship, advancing to the NCAA Regional semifinals. The Panthers also won the 2016 NESCAC Tournament, falling in a five-set thriller in the NCAA Tournament's opening round.
The women’s volleyball season begins in early September and ends with the NESCAC Tournament in early November. With an NCAA Tournament bid, the season may be extended midway through November. The squad usually practices two hours a day, five days a week, while competing in approximately 25-30 matches per season.
In addition to the challenging NESCAC schedule, the team usually plays in two invitational tournaments featuring top regional opponents, as well as the NESCAC Championship.