Women win one of three games at tough tournament
The volleyball team went 1-2 last weekend at the Hall of Fame Invite, losing to Trinity College 1-3 and Amherst College 0-3 on Sunday after defeating Wesleyan University 3-2 on Saturday. The team is now 4-22 overall.
Judges 1, Trinity College 3
The Judges won the first set 25-17 in a match against Trinity played at Amherst. Trinity tied the set at 9-9, but a kill from outside hitter Shea Decker-Jacoby ’19 gave Brandeis the lead for good. The Judges could not follow their first set performance in the second set, however, as they lost 25-19. The team went down 10-2 early on but cut the deficit to one point after a kill from middle hitter Zara Platt ’19 made the score 20-19. That was as close as the squad would get in the second set, however, as Trinity went on a 5-0 run to win the set.
Trinity won the third set 26-24. The Judges took a 9-5 lead on a kill from Decker-Jacoby and led 19-18 later on, but the Bantams closed out the set. In the fourth set, the teams remained close throughout. The Judges tied the set at 15-15 on a kill from setter Leah Pearlman ’19. Brandeis took the next two points, but Trinity scored 10 of the last 11 points to win the set and match.
For the match, middle hitter Maddie Engeler ’16 led the Judges with 13 kills. Setter Marlee Nork ’19 finished with a total of 18 assists, while outside hitter Grace Krumpack ’19 and Yvette Cho ’19 tallied 18 and 15 digs, respectively.
Judges 0, Amherst 3
Brandeis lost in straight sets to Amherst 16-25, 20-25 and 13-25. In the first set, though the Judges led 5-3 after a kill from Krumpack, Amherst went on a 12-6 run to take a 15-11 lead. The Judges got to within 1 point at 14-15 on a kill from middle hitter Jessica Kaufman ’17 but could only score two more points as Amherst went on to win the set.
Amherst led the remainder of the second set after taking a 3-2 lead. The Judges did not concede, however, and stayed within 4 points late in the set after Engeler made the score 24-20. Amherst won the set, however, on the next point.
Brandeis could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit in the third set. Decker-Jacoby notched a kill to make the score 10-18, but the Judges would go on to lose seven of the next ten points. Cho had 23 digs in the match, and Decker-Jacoby notched seven kills.
Judges 3, Wesleyan 2
The Judges won on five sets against Wesleyan — 25-17, 25-21, 15-25, 23-25 and 15-12.
Brandeis took a 16-9 lead in the first set and did not let up. The team went on a 9-7 run to take the set victory. In the second set, Engeler and Decker-Jacoby combined for seven kills. The Judges took a 2-1 lead, and they did not relinquish that lead throughout the second set. A kill from Kaufman sealed the 25-21 victory for the team.
The third set was a different story for the Cardinals.
Wesleyan took a 19-11 lead and would later take a 24-14 lead before clinching the set victory.
The fourth set remained close throughout, with neither team taking more than a two-point lead.
After a 23-23 tie, Wesleyan eventually closed the game with a 25-23 victory to force a fifth set.
In the fifth set, the Judges went down 6-2 but came back to take a 8-7 lead. A service ace from Nork sealed the match victory.
Engeler had 15 kills and three blocks in the match, and setter Allison Harmsworth ’19 tallied a total of 26 assists.
The Judges will return to action tomorrow at Lasell College, with the match scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The squad will face off afterwards with Babson College and Vassar College on Saturday at home.
The three games will constitute the team's final non-conferece showdowns of the season.
It will travel to the University of Rochester on Nov. 6 for the University Athletic Association conference Championships.
The team will look to improve upon last season's last place finish.