September 5, 2006

Volleyball wins home opener, 3-1, over RIC

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University volleyball team (1-0) won its season opener in Auerbach Arena tonight, 3-1, over visiting Rhode Island College (2-3). The Judges won the first two games, 30-28, 30-26, before falling, 29-31, in game three. Coach Michelle Kim's charges answered with their strongest game in game four, closing out the match, 30-21.

Brandeis was offensively by sophomore outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach's (Buffalo, N.Y.) double-double. The honorable mention All-UAA selection from a year ago had a team-high 12 kills and added 12 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Becca Schwartz (Newcastle, N.H.) and first-year middle blocker Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.) also had 10 kills.

Junior captain Shannon Trees (Savannah, Ga.) led the way defensively with 15 digs from the libero spot, while sophomore setter Violette Ruggiero (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had 12 digs. Rookie middle blocker Piera Carfagno (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a team-leading four blocks (two solo) and four service aces.

The Judges are next in action this weekend at the Williams College Invitational.