September 15, 2007

Volleyball extends home winning streak to 16 with wins over Bridgewater State and Williams

WALTHAM, Mass. – With a pair of victories over Bridgewater State College and Williams College, the Brandeis University volleyball team won its sixth straight match of the season and its 16th in a row at home dating back to last season.

Brandeis (6-1) opened the day with a relatively easy 3-0 victory over Bridgewater State (3-3). The Judges never trailed by more than three points in the entire match and two 10-point runs of their own en route to a 30-12, 30-12, 30-11 victory. Junior outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the team with eight kills and five service aces. Rookie outside Elizabeth Villalino (Kailua, Hawaii) had seven kills and junior right-side hitter Becca Schwartz (Newcastle, N.H.) and sophomore middle blocker Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.) had five each. As a team, the Judges hit for a .384 percentage, with five different players hitting better than .400 for the match.

Rookie setter Abby Blasco (Greeley, Colo.) had 26 assists, eight digs and two service aces. Junior libero and captain Violette Ruggiero (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had a team-high 12 digs and added four aces in her first match of the season.

In the second match of the day for Brandeis, their home winning streak was put to its stiffest test of the past two seasons, as they faced an Williams College team (6-1) that entered the day undefeated. The Ephs had also dispatched Bridgewater State, 3-0 (30-23, 30-21, 30-20), earlier in the day.

For the first time since 2005, the Judges dropped two games on their home floor, but rallied for a 3-2 victory with game scores of 30-19, 31-29, 15-30, 28-30, 15-9. After Brandeis cruised to their game one victory, Williams held a 29-24 advantage in game two. The Judges escaped, as Ruggiero served the game's final seven points to give Brandeis the come-from-behind victory.

The Ephs responded with their 15-point win in game five before rallying from a 27-24 deficit to take game four. Brandeis the jumped out to a 6-0 victory in game five behind the serving of Ruggiero and were able to hold off the visitors, 15-9, behind late kills from Villalino and Schwartz.

Against Williams, the Judges were paced by three double-double performances. Wingenbach had a team-high 22 kills and added 13 digs; sophomore middle blocker Piera Carfagno (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 17 kills and a career-high 10 blocks (two solo); and Blasco had career-high 53 assists and 19 digs. Ruggiero led the team with 20 digs, also a career-high, and five service aces.

Brandeis is next in action next weekend at the Amherst College Classic.


SCORES

Brandeis def. Bridgewater State, 3-0 (30-12, 30-12, 30-11)

Williams def. Bridgewater State, 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-20)

Brandeis def. Williams, 3-2 (30-19, 31-29, 15-30, 28-30, 15-9)