Volleyball rolls past Smith, 3-0, to open season

Volleyball rolls past Smith, 3-0, to open season

WALTHAM, Massachusetts — The Brandeis University volleyball team opened its 2016 season with a decisive 3-0 win over Smith College on the Judges' home floor of Auerbach Arena tonight as part of the Brandeis Invitational. Brandeis won 25-17, 25-16, 25-15.



  • Brandeis had a balanced effort across the board to register the win. 
  • Sophomore Zara Platt (Fountain Valley, Calif. / Fountain Valley) and rookie Emma Bartlett (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) each tallied seven kills, while junior Jessie Moore (Rye, N.Y./Rye) had six.
  • Platt had four of her seven kills in the first set. She finished without an error in 11 attacks for a .636 hitting percentage.
  • Sophomores Marlee Nork (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) and Leah Pearlman (El Paso, Texas/El Paso) split setting duties and each finished with 11 assists.
  • Defensively, sophomore Yvette Cho (San Diego, Calif. / Rancho Bernardo) led the way with nine digs, while Nork had eight and Moore added seven.
  • Senior Jessica Kaufman (Tucson, Ariz./Cienaga) had three block assists.
  • Moore led the Judges with 9.5 points thanks to three service aces and a block assist to go with her six kills.


  • Elizabeth Peay matched Platt and Bartlett with seven kills.
  • Maca Rojas had a match-high 14 assists.
  • Julie Voorhees led all players with 17 digs.


  • Brandeis meets Rhode Island College and Wellesley tomorrow on Day Two of the Brandeis Invitational.
  • Smith will take on Southern Maine and Endicott.

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