November 8, 2006

Top-seeded volleyball team wins ECAC quarterfinal over Framingham State

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University volleyball team, the top seed in the ECAC Division III women's volleyball team, defeated Framingham State College, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Game scores were 30-15, 30-21, 30-14.

The Judges (20-17) got head coach Michelle Kim her first postseason victory with a fine .320 team hitting percentage. Sophomore Lorraine Wingenbach (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the way with 18 kills and just one error in 23 attempts, for a .739 percentage. Rookie middle blocker Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.) also reached double figures with 10 kills, hitting for a .391 percentage. Defensively, junior opposite Ashley Powers (Waltham, Mass.) led the team with eight digs, tying for team-high honors with three service aces. Sophomore Violette Ruggiero (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had 35 assists.

Framingham State (16-11) was led offensively by junior outside hitter Stephanie Pratt (Attleboro Falls, Mass.). who had nine kills. Rookie setter Alysa Mahan (Medway, Mass.) contributed 17 assists, while classmate Megan McDonald (Avon, Mass.) posted a match-high 19 digs.

Brandeis will host the ECAC tournament semifinals and finals on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Judges will take on Keene State College in one semifinal, while third-seed Colby-Sawyer will face seventh-seeded Johnson & Wales University, upset winners over Plymouth State University tonight. The semifinals are at noon and the finals at 3 p.m.