Bent double-double gets volleyball past Williams in four

Sydney Bent (Photo by Lewis Glass,
Sydney Bent (Photo by Lewis Glass,

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Graduate student transfer Sydney Bent (Raleigh, N.C. / Ransom Everglades School (Fla.) registered her first double-double in a Brandeis uniform tonight to lead the Judges volleyball team past host Williams College, 3-1, on the road. Set scores were 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21.


  • Brandeis, 4-1. Williams, 0-1.


  • The Judges had a chance to win the opening set, as they led much of the way and were ahead, 24-20, but Williams closed on a 7-1 run to take it, 27-25.
  • After the Ephs won two of the first three points of set two, Brandeis answered with seven of the next nine to take an 8-4 lead. The Judges never trailed again, holding off Williams, 25-23.
  • Brandeis staged a magnificent comeback in the third set. Williams jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 8-1, but Brandeis rallied to tie things up at 12-all thanks to back-to-back kills by Bent.
  • The teams traded ties until 16-16 until a Bent kill and a Williams error gave the Judges a two-point cushion at 18-16 that they would not relinquish. The hosts briefly stopped the momentum, but junior Ines Grom-Mansencal (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) had a kill and two assists to sophomore Lara Verstovsek (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) that pushed the lead to 21-17.
  • Williams scored three points out of a timeout, but another Verstovsek kill put the momentum back in the Judges' court.
  • The fourth set saw nine ties and four lead changes. With the set knotted at 18-18, two Williams errors, followed by kills from Bent and Verstovsek made it 22-18. The Ephs scored two straight points to get within 22-20, but they were called for a costly rotation error, and two more Bent kills closed out the match.


  • Bent led all players with 16 kills and was second on Brandeis with 12 digs. She also had a service ace and two block assists.
  • Verstovsek reached double-digit kills for the second time this season with 12, while also adding seven digs.
  • Grom-Mansenecal had her second-straight double-double with 36 assists and 10 digs, both season-highs.
  • Defensively, junior libero Ella Pereira (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Rolling Hills Prep) led all players with 23 digs, while classmate Rita Lai (Sugar Land, Texas / Clements) led everyone with four blocks.


  • Bent is a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, where she an All-ACC selection as a first-year and sophomore. She had 10 double-doubles in her career for the Fighting Irish.

  • Brandeis and Williams had not met since 2009 and the Judges hadn't defeated the Ephs since 2008.


  • Brandeis is off until next Tuesday, when they meet UMass Boston on the road before heading to St. Louis for the first UAA Round Robin next weekend.
  • Williams is at Skidmore tomorrow at 11 a.m.