November 19, 2008

Wingenbach, Paige Blasco add All-New England honorable mention honors

WALTHAM, Mass. - Brandeis University volleyball senior outside hitter Lorraine Wingenbach of Buffalo, N.Y., and sophomore outside hitter Paige Blasco of Greeley, Colo., have been selected as Honorable Mention All-New England by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the New England Women's Volleyball Association.

Wingenbach, who was previously named second-team All-Conference by the University Athletic Association, finished second on the Judges and ninth in the UAA in kills, averaging 2.77 kills per set. In conference play, she finished third, averaging 3.18 kills per set. Wingenbach led the squad in total digs with 371 and trailed Abby Blasco on the team with 3.25 digs per set. Wingenbach earned tournament MVP honors at Brandeis's Judges Classic and became Brandeis's all-time leader in kills this season, finishing her career with 1,857. She is also the Judges' all-time leader in kills per set (3.59), attack attempts (5,413) and games played (517), while ranking second in career digs (1,596), service aces (227) and matches played (145).

Blasco, an All-UAA honorable mention, who missed the 2007 campaign due to injury, led Brandeis in kills, averaging 3.14 kills per set, third-most in the UAA. She also finished fourth on the squad with 2.85 digs per set and second in total digs with 308. Her 3.03 kills per set in conference play were fourth in the circuit.  Both Abby and Paige earned UAA Athlete of the Week honors once during the 2008 season.

Brandeis finished the 2008 season with a 19-13 record under head coach Michelle Kim, finishing fourth in the UAA for the second season in a row. The Judges have only finished higher than fourth once before in UAA play, which began in 1986.

Wingenbach is a 2005 graduate of City Honors School. She is the daughter of Christine Naples of Buffalo, N.Y., and Philip Wingenbach.

Paige Blasco is a 2007 graduate of Frontier Academy. She is the daughter of Leon and Ellie Blasco, Greeley, Colo.