Volleyball cruises past Lasell, 3-0

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University volleyball team never trailed tonight as the Judges defeated Lasell College, 3-0, in Auerbach Arena. Game scores were 30-13, 30-8, 30-15.

After rookie middle blocker Piera Carfagno (Los Angeles, Calif.) served three aces on the match's first three points, Brandeis (13-14) wasn't challenged in game one. Game two was tied at three before the Judges went on a 7-1 run before Lasell (17-12) called its first timeout. The break didn't help, as the Judges closed out on a 20-4 run, punctuated by a kill from junior opposite Ashley Powers (Waltham, Mass.). Game three was tight early going, as the Judges led, 12-10, but again pulled away, scoring 18 of the final 20 points of the match, clinching victory on a service ace by rookie middle blocker Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.)

Statistically, McAllister starred for Brandeis with a team-high 10 kills. She also had eight digs, tied for team-high honors, as well as six blocks and six service aces. Sophomore setter Violette Ruggiero (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had 21 assists, eight digs and four aces, while sophomore outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach (Buffalo, N.Y.) had seven kills. All the active members on the Brandeis roster saw action tonight.

Lasell was paced in the losing effort by sophomore right-side hitter Kelsey Schmidt (Malta, N.Y.) with four kills. Sophomore defensive specialist Heatehr Rose (W. Roxbury, Mass.) had six digs, while junior setter Katelyn Rausch (Hellertown, Pa.) had two service aces.