Volleyball drops road match at Emerson, 3-0

Sydney Bent going for a kill at a volleyball match
Sydney Bent MA '23 (Photo by Lewis Glass / Sportspix.com)

BOSTON, Mass. – After winning their first three matches of the season at home, the Brandeis University volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season last night at Emerson College in three sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-23.


  • Brandeis, 3-1. Emerson, 3-0


  • After a close opening stretch to the first set, Brandeis took a 9-7 lead on an Arianna Jackson (Lewis Center, Ohio / Oletangy Orange) kill. Emerson forced an attacking error by the Judges on the next point, setting off an 8-1 run that gave the Lions a 15-10 lead. They kept the Judges at bay from there, winning the final four points to close it out.
  • The home team opened the second set with a 5-1 run and never looked back, scoring six in a row at 15-9 to put things away.
  • The third set was super competitive, with only one streak longer than four points in a row for either team.
  • Trailing, 18-17, Brandeis first-year Anna Ertischek (Montgomery, Texas / Lake Creek) produced a tying kill, then Jackson served back-to-back aces. The duo combined for a block to make it 21-18, Judges.
  • Brandeis was still ahead in the third, 23-21, when Emerson scored the final four points, including two kills by Parker Cummings to tie things at 23-all.
  • A Brandeis attack error gave Emerson match point, and the Lions' Isabella Chu closed things out with a kill.


  • Graduate student outside hitter Sydney Bent (Raleigh, N.C. / Ransom Everglades School (Fla.) was the top all-around performer for the Judges, finishing with nine kills and 11 digs to fall just short of her first double-double for Brandeis. She also had two block assists and a service ace.
  • Ertischek added six kills.
  • Junior Ines Grom-Mansencal (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) had 21 assists and 10 digs, while classmate Ella Pereira (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Rolling Hills Prep) paced the defense with 15 digs.
  • Brandeis had hit over .300 in two of their first three matches of the season and over .250 in all three, but were held to just .040 against the Lions.


  • The Judges have a quick turnaround with a 7 p.m. match at Williams on Friday night.
  • Emerson also heads to Western Mass. for a tri-match with Southern Maine at Western New England University on Saturday.