October 13, 2007

Volleyball moves to 3-2 in UAA with wins over Chicago and Carnegie Mellon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Brandeis University volleyball team improved to 3-2 in the University Athletic Association today with a pair of wins at the second UAA round robin. The Judges defeated Chicago, 3-1, and Carnegie Mellon, 3-2. It was the Judges' first win over the Tartans since 1997.

In the opener, the Judges rallied after dropping the first game to Chicago to win, 26-30, 30-26, 30-22, 30-20. Sophomore middle blocker Bridget McAllister (Santa Clara, Calif.) and junior outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied for the team-high in kills with 17. McAllister hit for a .533 percentage and added five blocks, while Wingenbach swung at a .256 clip and contributed 13 digs and three service aces. Rookie setter Abby Blasco (Greeley, Colo.) had 42 assists and four service aces, while junior libero Violette Ruggiero (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) anchored the team's defense with 19 digs.

In the second match of the day, the Judges again rallied from a deficit, trailing two games to one, 25-30, 30-21, 22-30. Games four and five was a white-knuckle affair that the Judges pulled out, 35-33 and 16-14. Brandeis led game four by 11 at one point, but CMU answered, forcing the Judges to fend off three match points. In game five, Carnegie led, 8-7, at the switch-over and 13-11, but Brandeis won five of the last six points for the victory. The win moved coach Kim's squad to into a three-way tie for third place in the UAA with the Tartans and NYU. Junior outside hitter Becca Schwartz (Newcastle, N.H.) led the way offensively with 12 kills and a .346 hitting percentage, while Blasco had 48 assists, 16 digs and four blocks. Defensively, Ruggiero had 18 digs and sophomore Piera Carfagno (Los Angeles, Calif.) had seven blocks. Carfagno also contributed nine kills and three service aces.