Volleyball wins ECAC crown, 3-0, over Colby-Sawyer

WALTHAM, Mass. – The top-seeded Brandeis University volleyball team won its first-ever ECAC Division III New England crown today as the Judges swept No. 3 seeded Colby-Sawyer College, 3-0, in Red Auerbach Arena today.

Brandeis (22-17) wasn't tested in the championship match, winning by game scores of 30-19, 30-19, 30-17. The Judges hit for a season-high hitting .424 percentage in the title match, registering 47 kills and just eight errors in 92 attempts. Sophomore outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach (Buffalo, N.Y.) was the team's offensive star against CSC, with 12 kills and no errors in 28 attempts. She also had six digs to lead the team. Rookie middle blocker Piera Carfagno (Los Angeles, Calif.) matched her Wingenbach for team-high honors with 12 kills, while classmate Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.) had a fine all-around match with six kills, five digs, four blocks and two service aces.

Wingenbach was named the tournament MVP for the Judges. She led the squad with 44 kills in nine games over three matches, hitting for a phenomenal .463 percentage. She also had a fine defensive tournament with a team-high 23 digs.

In its final match of the season, Colby-Sawyer (21-14) was paced by senior setter Jessica Niebuhr (Manitou Springs, Colo.) who had 22 assists, including the 4000th of her career, coming at 3-2 of the third game. She was the first player in Charger history to reach that plateau. Niebuhr also had seven digs and six service aces in the losing effort. Sophomore Megan Estabrook (Newton, Mass.) had a team-hig eight kills added five service aces, while rookie Megan White (Monroe, Conn.) had five kills and an ace.

With today's win, the Judges completed a perfect season at home, going 10-0 and losing just one game in the process. This is their fifth ECAC tournament appearance and was the second time in the finals.

In the semifinals earlier in the day, Brandeis defeated No. 4-seed Keene State, 31-29, 30-26, 30-11, while CSC needed four games to dispatch No. 7 Johnson and Wales, 25-30, 30-17, 30-26, 30-23.