Amherst, Mass. - The No. 2-seeded Middlebury College Panthers advanced in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-21) win over the No. 7-seeded Trinity College Bantams this evening in Amherst College's LeFrak Gymnasium. Trinity closes its season with a 16-8 record, which is its best since2007. Avenging the 3-2 loss it suffered to Trinity on Oct. 16, Middlebury will be making an appearance in the semifinals of the conference championship for the first time since 2004. The Panthers increased their overall winning streak to seven matches, while the Bantams had their win streak snapped at five.
Freshman Hannah Brickley (Melrose, Mass.) led Trinity with seven kills and 14 digs, while juniors Kelly O'Brien (Pelham, N.Y.) and Alexandra Pell (San Diego, Calif.) added five kills apiece. Trinity junior tri-captain L Sarah Blagden (Charleston, S.C.) recorded a game-high 16 digs and senior tri-captain RS Kristen Anderson (West Haven, Conn.) and junior MH Courtney Chaloff (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) combined for five blocks.
Middlebury was led by 45 assists and 22 digs from Lauren Barrett, as well as 18 kills and 10 digs from Megan Jarchow, who hit at an impressive .680 clip for the match. Julia Gibbs added 11 kills and three service aces, Jane Handel finished with 10 kills and 10 digs, and Whitney Bean and Gibbs had three block assists apiece.