MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Freshman Jane Handel (Evanston, Ill.) recorded 15 kills Wednesday night to lead Middlebury College to a 3-0 sweep over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women's volleyball match.
The host Panthers won their second straight match to even their record at 9-9 overall. The visiting Panthers dropped to 15-10 overall, continuing their streak of alternating wins and losses, which they have done for the past 10 matches and 20 of the last 21.
Seniors Lindsay Patterson (Aspen, Colo.) and Kate Heath (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added seven kills apiece for Middlebury. Junior Natalie DuPre (Louisville, Ky.) earned 19 digs defensively, while Patterson had 14 and sophomore Lauren Barrett (Medfield, Mass.) dished out 33 assists.
PSU's top hitter, junior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I.), was limited to eight kills and four blocks, while classmate Carly Newton (Centerville, Mass.) finished with five kills.
Plymouth State plays a pair of key Little East Conference matches this Saturday at UMass Dartmouth, facing UMass Boston at 2:00 p.m. and UMD at 4:00 p.m. (UMD faces UMB at 12 noon). The outcome of all three matches will be pivotal in determining the LEC regular season standings.
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