Spikers go 2-0 on first day of Midcoast Classic

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Brandeis University volleyball team went 2-0 on the first day of the Midcoast Classic at Bowdoin College today. The Judges defeated Emmanuel, 3-0 (30-10, 30-25, 30-23), and tournament co-host Bates, 3-0 (30-12, 30-21, 30-26). The Judges, now 13-4 on the season, will play tomorrow at Bates.

Brandeis defeated Emmanuel behind the offense of sophomore middle blocker Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.), who had 10 kills and a .348 hitting percentage. She also contributed five digs on defense. Rookie outside hitter Elizabeth Villalino (Kailua, Hawaii) had nine kills, while junior Becca Schwartz (Newcastle, N.H.) had eight. Junior libero Violette Ruggiero (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had seven digs, tying with rookie setter Abby Blasco (Greeley, Colo.), who also had 29 assists and four service aces.

In the nightcap, the Judges topped Bates College in three straight. McAllister and rookie middle blocker Nicole Smith (Marietta, Ga.) each had 12 kills with impressive hitting percentages. Smith hit .611, while McAllister hit .429 and added six digs. Ruggiero led the squad with 15 digs, while senior defensive specialist Shannon Trees (Savannah, Ga.) had 11. Blasco finished with 37 assists.

The Judges take on Keene State College tomorrow at noon and the University of New England and 2 p.m.