MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury earned a 3-0 victory over the Connecticut College volleyball team by set scores of 25-18, 25-13, and 25-11 on Saturday afternoon at Pepin Gymnasium.
Middlebury raced out to a 10-2 lead in the first set by getting three kills from Maggie Wise and two aces by Kelly Ferrero. The lead grew to twin figures at 18-8 on another Wise kill, but the Camels fought back and came within five when a service ace off the hands of senior Grace McGee (Portland, Ore.) made it 22-17. Unfortunately, that was as close as the visitors would come before eventually dropping the closest set of the day by seven.
Even though the Camels were more competitive to start the second set by building a 5-4 lead on consecutive Panther attacking errors, the hosts were able to recover and got on a roll again. Middlebury outscored its opponent, 15-4, during a stretch that propelled them to a 20-9 advantage on a service ace. Jaime Donnelly closed the set with a kill. The Panthers then used a pair of 6-0 runs to easily capture the third and final frame to complete the sweep.
Middlebury (10-5, NESCAC 4-2) was led by Wise's 10 kill-performance. Donnelly had seven kills, while Chellsa Ferdinand handed out 16 assists and Emma Walsh finished with 15. Gigi Alper notched 11 digs and three aces.
Sophomore Eliza Wolcott (San Francisco, Calif.) had a strong outing for Connecticut College by posting six kills and three digs. McGee added 14 assists.
Connecticut College (6-10, NESCAC 0-7) will play its eighth straight game and last match on the road when it visits Elms on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.