Brandeis volleyball tops Babson 3-1 in season opener

 WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University volleyball team won 3-1 in their season opener against the visiting Babson College Beavers, in Auerbach Arena, despite a slow start.

            Brandeis (1-0) defeated Babson (0-1) in three straight sets after a close loss in the first set.  Both teams battled start-of-the-season nerves in the first set, but the Judges settled into a confident pattern to sweep their opponent in straight sets.

            Seniors and outside hitter Paige Blasco (Greenly, Colo.) lead the Judges with 16 kills in 39 attempts for a .359 hitting percentage.  Blasco was aggressive with 13 digs and three block assists.  Senior middle blocker Nicole Smith (Marietta, Ga.) had 14 kills in 24 attempts for .542 hitting percentage.  Sophomore outside hitter Susan Sun (Acton, Mass.) led the team this with 16 digs.  Freshman Yael Einhorn (Cherry Hill, N.J.) had 24 assists in her first game with he Judges.