Club plays hard but struggles at tourney
The Brandeis women’s volleyball team hit the road this weekend, traveling to Chicago for the second 2017 University Athletic Association Round Robin.
Judges 0, NYU 3
The Judges lost their fourth and final match of the UAA tournament Sunday afternoon to the New York University Violets. After an exhausting weekend of action, the team was unable to leave Chicago with a win over a struggling NYU team (5-19 record), dropping three consecutive sets.
As had been the case throughout the weekend, the Judges came out aggressive on offense, attacking more than the Violets (106 total attacks to 97). Right side hitter/setter Marissa Borgert ’21 had an impressive all-around performance, amassing 10 kills and 10 assists.
Judges 0, Carnegie Mellon 3
Facing the top-ranked UAA team in their third match of the tournament, the Judges lost in three sets to the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans (21-1). They kept the match highly competitive, though. Their resilience was on display within the sets, as the Judges roared back from a 7-15 disadvantage to make the second set 16-17 and in the third set a late push saw the team score seven of the final 11 points. Outside hitter Clare Meyers ’21 was a bright spot for the team, coming through both on the offensive end with eight kills and on the defensive end with seven digs. The stifling Carnegie Mellon defense made points particularly hard to come by, as the Judges recorded 26 kills on a season-low 21 assists.
Judges 0, WashU 3
The Judges faced a ranked competitor for only the third time this season, losing in consecutive sets to the Washington University in St. Louis Bears (16-6). The Judges offense continued to strike whenever possible, racking up more total attacks for the match than the Bears (100-95). The team once again had difficulty converting these attempts into points and for the first time this season it did not have double-digit kills in any set. Despite these overall struggles, the team bounced back after a particularly rough first set to compete closely over the final two sets, coming up with 21-25 and 20-25 set scores. Right side hitter Zara Platt ’19 led the team in scoring with seven kills over 22 attempts, while setter Marlee Nork ’19 helped her teammates out with 15 assists.
Judges 0, Case Western 3
The Judges had difficulty countering the attack of the Case Western Reserve University Spartans (14-7), dropping all three sets in their first match of the tournament. The Judges’ offense was more aggressive than the Spartans’ in the third set, creating 28 total attempts to the Spartans’ 24. However, scoring on these attempts proved particularly difficult, as the Judges’ attack percentage dropped to 7.1 percent, while the Spartans increased their attack efficiency, managing a 45.8 percent mark. Despite the outcome, Platt had a standout performance, leading the team with 10 kills. On the defensive end, libero Yvette Cho ’19 continued her strong season with 11 more digs. Blocks continue to be a strength for the Judges, as they bested the Spartans 6-4. This continues a season-long trend for the Judges, who, as of Oct. 12, were in the top third of all Division III women’s volleyball teams in blocks.