Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lexie Fisher named 1st Team All-NESCAC, and Senior Classic

Lexie was honored by the NESCAC as a 1st Team All-Conference member. After being 2nd Team last year, this is a very nice honor for the senior captain! She was also honored by the volleyball coaches in New England as one of the top 25 seniors in all of New England.

What a successful career Lexie has had over her four years at MIDD. She holds the school record in Block Assists, and ranks second in Total Kills for a career. Her name appears in several other categories such as Total Blocks, Kills/game, Attack attempts, and single season and single match statistics too.

We will certainly miss Lexie for not only her skills, but also for her leadership and personality! Nice job, Lexie!!

Williams ends season for MIDD

We were prepared for this match since we had just played them, and had specific changes we wanted to make. I think we all felt like we succeeded in making those changes, and that we just came up against a tough opponent in Williams. We played well, we hit well, and our defense was very solid. They just proved to be too tough for us in the long run. They went on to win the Championship against Amherst two days later.

Two Full Weeks of Volleyball to end Regular Season

These next two weeks were packed full of Volleyball with a mid-week match each Wednesday, and tournaments on both weekends. We had some injuries, and some extenuating circumstances which saw Whitney and Lindsay both miss some matches. This put several people in different positions: Lexie played some middle, and so did Kate. Reisa played some outside, and do did Molly. Ollie played some right side, and some back row, and the team really came together and worked hard despite the situation on any given day.

The Williams match was a highlight of this time, despite losing 3-1. We came out strong and took the first game behind tough serving, and aggressive play at the net! We lost a squeaker in the 2nd 33-31, and that was a turning point in the match, I'm afraid. They got some confidence back, and switched some players around, and we couldn't quite get them out of system as much after that. It was a well-played match, and we felt good going into our last Conference weekend of the season against the CT teams.

This weekend was a tough one, and we knew that going in. We were hoping to win at least two matches, and expected to compete in all three. The only match we didn't really compete for was Wesleyan, and the other two were both lost in the 5th, by just a couple of points. We actually played very well, just not quite well enough at some key moments to pull out a victory, but it was a very good showing by the team.

This put us at the #7 seed for the tournament, and we were paired to play Williams at Amherst the following weekend.

Parent's Watch 3 Wins over Maine teams on Parents' Weekend!

Parent's Weekend at Middlebury this year fell on a weekend when we hosted Conference matches against all 3 Maine schools, which was very exciting for us. Normally we're not even home on Parent's Weekend, and to host a weekend of Conference matches is perfect! It was a fun weekend all around, and we put on quite an exciting show for the parents!

The Bates Bobcats were the first foe of the weekend, and didn't pose much of a threat to the Panthers on Friday night. That allowed us plenty of time to enjoy the great food provided by the parents in Lawson Lounge after the match. It was great to see all the parents, and family members and friends of the team. Some parents knew eachother, and many were meeting for the first time, so this time together was special for everyone. All but three players had at least one parent here for the weekend, which was great! Molly, Reisa, and Natalie's parents were all unable to attend, but we all benefited from all the goodies provided by the rest of the parents!

On Saturday, we gave the fans their fill of exciting volleyball! After getting off to a terrible start against Bowdoin, who we felt like would be the team to beat, the girls rallied and came back from a 0-2 deficit and came from behind to win the 3rd game, and then on to win the 4th and 5th in dramatic fashion! We turned things around, and really started to play behind good team leadership, and a lot of heart and soul by the entire team! Colby was more of the same, except that Lindsay had come down with a migraine, which certainly affected her play! She toughed it out, and Olivia played in the back row for her to help our defense, and everyone else picked up the slack! Lexie proved why she's our senior leader and go-to player as Lauren found her often late in the match to put the victory in hand. We were down 13-11, and came back to win 16-14. We played just well enough to win, but I was so proud of the heart the team showed. Colby played very well, and we may have been outplayed, but showed extreme poise in finishing out that game with a win!

A BIG thanks to the parents and friends and family for all of the support that weekend. They made it a very special event for us. In addition, the 3 wins put us in a tie for 2nd in the Conference!