September 23, 2006

Volleyball splits second day at Amherst Invitational

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Brandeis University volleyball team dropped its third match in a row at the Amherst College Invitational today before bouncing back to close out the tournament with a victory.

The Judges (6-4) opened play with a four-game loss to Middlebury College. After splitting the first two games, 27-30, 30-21, Brandeis fell to the Panthers in a pair of close games, 26-30, 28-30. First-year middle blocker Piera Carfagno (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a fine all-around performance with 16 kills, six service aces and three blocks. Junior opposite Ashley Powers (Waltham, Mass.) contributed 11 kills and three blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach (Buffalo, N.Y.) notched her third double-double of the tournament with 11 kills and 12 digs.

In the final match of the tournament, the Judges swept the Westfield State College Owls, 30-19, 30-25, 30-21. Wingenbach recorded a fourth double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs while also contributing three service aces. Sophomore outside hitter Becca Schwartz (Newcastle, N.H.) matched her classmate with 11 kills and had four aces, while junior libero and captain Shannon Trees (Savannah, Ga.) had 14 digs and five aces.

Brandeis is next in action next weekend at the first University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin of the season at Emory.