Judges 2, NYU 3

 On Sunday, the Judges lost their third game against UAA rival New York University. Now, the team has a four-game losing streak at 8 – 14 overall for the season and 0 – 7 in the UAA. This game marked the first in three that the Judges were able to win a set. In the first set, the Judges held a lead of 18 – 15 until NYU took over and defeated them. In the second set, the Violets proved victorious, though the Judges won sets three and four. In the final tiebreaker set, the Violets scored the first four points and went ahead 8 – 3. Although the Judges cut this lead to 8 – 7, NYU won the set with a score of 15 – 9 and took the match.

Emory 3, Judges 0

The Judges have a three-game losing streak on Sunday after the third game in a row that the Judges well with a match score of 0 – 3 to a UAA rival. The set scores were 22 – 25, 22 – 25 and 21 –  25. In the first set, the team held a few two-point leads. With a kill from Shea Decker-Jacoby ’19, the Judges were ahead 20 – 18. However, the Eagles pulled ahead to seize the set. In the second set, the Judges led 3 – 1, but after a tie at six points, Emory led the rest of the set. The Eagles led most of the third set, but this time the Judges stayed very close behind, always within four points of their opponent. Ultimately, Decker-Jacoby led the team with seven kills.

Carnegie Mellon 3, Judges 0

 On Saturday, the Judges fell in their second game of the day to UAA competitor Carnegie Mellon University. The Judges fell to 8 – 12 for the season and 0 – 5 in the UAA. With scores of 14 – 25, 19 – 25 and 18 – 25. Decker-Jacoby was a strong force for the Judges, though, with 15 kills. Still, no other player was able to pull out more than four kills. Marissa Borgert ’21 added 15 assists and Marlee Nork ’19 contributed eleven. Yvette Cho ’19 had 10 digs and Grace Krumpack ’19 provided six.

Judges 0, Rochester 3

The Judges’ victories did not last as they soon fell to the Yellowjackets, losing all 3 sets against their UAA competitors on Saturday. This brought the Judges down to 8 – 11 for the season. In the firsts two sets, the Judges started off with large leads,  10 – 2 and 15 – 7, prior to the Yellowjackets pulling ahead. In the third set, the Judges managed a 13 – 8 lead until Rochester took a 17 – 13 lead with 9 rallies in a row. Emma Bartlett ’20 led the Judges with eight kills, and Decker-Jocoby contributed six kills and 15 digs. Bartlett also aided the team with six blocks, and Belle Scott ’21 with five. Overall, though, these efforts were insufficient as the Judges lost all three sets with scores of 23 – 25, 23 – 25 and 21 – 25.

Judges 3, Regis 0

The Judges broke their losing streak on Tuesday with an astounding victory against Regis College. They had a clean sweep in the match, winning all three sets with scores of 25 – 11, 25 – 17 and 25 – 20.  Borgert provided a double-double with 13 kills and 12 assists, making this the third game in a row where Borgert provided a double-double. Scott and Decker-Jacoby both finished the match with 7 kills. Nork provided 20 assists and Cho led in the backline with 13 digs. This victory brought the Judges to 8 – 10 for the season.

Kirsten Frauens ’19 commented: “Our goals at the start of this season were to make post-season play and to be successful against our competition in the UAA. We hoped to accomplish these goals by working towards smaller goals, including maintaining a healthy balance between volleyball and school, having a high team GPA, bringing our 100% effort to every practice, and having a strong team culture.”

Frauens added that the team is improving at practices and games. “Moving forward, we are working on staying confident in our skills and maintaining consistent energy from the start to the end of all our games.”

Next, the Judges take on Emerson College on Thursday Sep. 20, where they hope to be able to pull out a victory following their recent two losses.