Volleyball Edged by Middlebury, 3-1

Volleyball Edged by Middlebury, 3-1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Maggie Danner '17 and Marialexa Natsis '18 combined for 18 kills, and four players registered double-digit digs, but Amherst College fell 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 28-26) to Middlebury College in NESCAC women's volleyball action at Pepin Gymnasium in Middlebury, Vt.

Amherst (12-2, 4-2 NESCAC)
Middlebury (13-2, 4-1 NESCAC) 


  • Danner led Amherst with 17 kills, followed by Natsis with 11. Lizzie Ahern '16 and Nicole Gould '17 added eight kills each to highlight the Purple & White offensive efforts.
  • Katie Warshaw '16 notched 17 digs, followed by Asha Walker '18 with 13. Hayes Honea '19 and Nicole Carter '16 chipped in 11 and 10 digs each, while Kelci Keeno '17 posted nine digs in the losing effort.
  • Carter led the Amherst charge with 28 assists, and Samantha Newby '16 finished with 12 helpers and five assisted blocks.
  • Becca Raffel led Middlebury with 20 kills, and Isabel Sessions notched 19 kills, while Eliana Schaefer contributed eight kills to lead the Panthers' attack.
  • Hannah Blackburn dished out 52 assists and served up five aces, while Emily Kolodka led the defensive effort with 23 digs.
  • Charlotte Devine totaled 18 digs, Raffel finished with 15 digs, and Blackburn dug nine balls.
  • After Middlebury took the first set 25-20, the sides played to a 19-19 deadlock before Amherst used a 5-0 run, highlighted by a pair of Danner kills and a trio of Panthers errors to stake a 24-19 lead. A Raffel kill, and an assisted block from Blackburn and Melanie English set the score at 24-21, but a service error on the ensuing point allowed the Purple & White to even the match at one set apiece.
  • After Middlebury notched a 25-17 win in set three to take a 2-1 lead in the match, the squads battled to a 25-25 stalemate before Sessions and Gould exchanged kills to lift the score to 26-26. From there, another kill from Sessions, and one by Raffel allowed the Panthers to clinch the win.


  • Amherst returns to NESCAC action Saturday, October 10 at Hamilton College at 2 p.m.
  • Middlebury will also play Saturday when it hosts Williams College at 2 p.m. in NESCAC action.