The Judges continue on a relatively strong note this season. In the past week, they won two games and lost one, improving to 7-5 for the season. Looking ahead to next week, the Judges hope to defeat Roger Williams University on Tuesday.

Colby 0, Judges 3

On Saturday, Sept. 22 at Bates College, the Judges were able to improve their season to 7-5 against Colby College. For the Judges’ second match of the day, the Judges came back strong after their loss to Bates College, demolishing the Mules in three sets of play. The sets were won 25-14, 25-10 and 25-23. 

The Judges were led by a very strong force of players that would outplay the Mules. Emma Bartlett ’20 only had one error at play and contributed ten kills. Her hitting percentage turned out to be an impressive .429. Kirsten Frauens ’19 and Kaisa Newberg ’22 also had impressive showings with hit percentages above .300, .316 and .373, respectively. Kaitlyn Oh ’22 was the leader for the team from a defensive standpoint, with 18 digs.

Bates 3, Judges 1

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Judges lost their first match of the day against their host,Bates College, and the team fell to 6-5 for the season. The Judges started off strong, beginning their first set with an astonishing 25-13 victory. However, Bates came back hard in the second set, and their .333 percentage made them the victor in the second set with a score of 25-20. The third and fourth sets were hard-fought battles for the Judges; however, they were unable to hold off Bates as Brandeis lost both sets, and therefore the match, with a score of 25-27.

Although the Judges lost this match, there were many significant contributors from the Judges. Shea Decker-Jacoby ’19 added a helpful 12 kills and 10 digs for the Judges. In fact, this was her first double-double for the season in which she was in the double-digits for both kills and digs, in the match. Marissa Borgert ’21 also was a force to be reckoned with. She played the attacking position and ended with 11 kills. Bartlett led the game with an impressive 14 kills and also provided four block assists.

Emerson 0, Judges 3

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Judges were able to break last week’s two-game slump to pull out a strong victory over Emerson College. The Judges improved to 6-4 for the season with this match. Brandeis started off on the right foot with the first two sets, never once falling behind Emerson and winning with scores of 25-15 and 25-14. In fact, they started off the second set with a score of 9-0.

The third set was a harder-fought battle as Emerson started off scoring four out of the first five points in the set, opening with a score of 7-5. However, the Judges did not back down and pulled ahead quickly to go ahead 9-7. Emerson soon came back to create a tied score of 14-14. The Judges then pushed even harder to score 11 more points in the set, while Emerson only scored three points, allowing Brandeis to win the set and  match. Bartlett was a huge part of the Judges’ victory in this third set. Of the last six points in the match, she delivered four kills. These were four out of the 11 kills she finished the match with. Borgert also contributed seven kills, and Yvette Cho ’19 led with 17 digs. Stephanie Borr ’22 added ten digs, a career high for her.