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Trinity Volleyball Drops First Home NESCAC Match To Middlebury

Paola Matos '23 had 12 digs
Paola Matos '23 had 12 digs

Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore MH Corley Doyle (San Francisco, Calif.) had 12 kills in 15 attacks and five blocks to lead the visiting Middlebury College Panthers to a 3-1 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) volleyball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium.  Middlebury won the first two sets, 25-19, and, 25-14, while the Bantams won the third set, 25-18, and the Panthers took the fourth set, 25-13.  Sophomore MH Aly Conde (Danielson, Conn.) paced the Bantams with 11 kills and two block solos. 

Trinity falls to 7-7 overall and 0-3 in the NESCAC with a 1 p.m. match against league foe Amherst, ranked No. 8 in New England, tomorrow.  Middlebury improves to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference.  The Panthers play at Endicott, ranked No. 5 in New England, tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Middlebury scored the final four points of the first set and scored eight of the first 11 points to run away with the second set.  In the third set, Trinity came alive and scored four points in a row to go ahead, 4-2, early.  The Bantams scored another four in a row, including a pair of aces by junior tri-captain S Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), to turn a 14-12 lead into an 18-12 advantage, and won the 25th point on a Conde kill.  Middlebury used a 5-0 run in the fourth set to go ahead 9-3, and led by at least five points the rest of the way.

Trinity senior tri-captain Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) contributed eight kills, while senior tri-captain Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) and first-year OH Emily Alexander (Encino, Calif.) added seven kills apiece.  Yang had a team-high 20 assists, while Boughton also notched a team-high 14 digs and two blocks.  Senior S Chellsa Ferdinand (Queens, N.Y.) had 21 assists, three aces, and nine digs, while junior MH Jaime Donnelly (Rye, N.Y.) made five blocks, and senior Gigi Alper (Mill Valley, Calif.) collected a match-high 23 digs for the Panthers.