Close match decided in fifth set
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Jane Handel recorded a match-high 21 kills and a team-leading 22 digs Wednesday evening as Middlebury College pulled out a 3-2 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women's volleyball match at Foley Gymnasium.
The match was close the entire way, as the score indicates. PSU took the first and third sets, needing extra points to earn 26-24 and 27-25 decisions. Middlebury answered with victories in the second (25-22) and fourth sets (25-19), and finished off the match with a 15-12 verdict in set five. Middlebury improved to 14-6 on the season, while PSU had a five-match winning streak stopped and fell to 17-9.
Handel had just one error in 54 attempts for a .370 attack percentage. Sophomores Megan Jarchow and Amy Hart also reached double figures in kills with 14 and 13, respectively, and junior Julia Gibbs registered 55 assists. Junior Caitlin Barrett finished with 21 digs, and Middlebury posted more than a dozen blocks, led by junior Madeline Firestone with five.
Plymouth State got a double-double from junior Casey Stoodley, who made 20 kills and added 14 digs. Sophomore Kaitlyn Tedeschi had a strong match with 12 kills, a .474 attack percentage and a team-high four blocks. Junior Elissa Morin and sophomore Allie Jones smashed nine kills apiece, and senior Danielle Stoodley led the home team with 24 digs and five service aces.
PSU is home again this Saturday, hosting Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University and non-conference opponent University of New England in a tri-match. Middlebury plays Friday and Saturday at the Hall of Fame Classic at Mount Holyoke College.
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