SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Brandeis University volleyball team closed out its regular season with win over Springfield College for the second season in a row, as the Judges swept the Pride on the road today, 3-0. Set scores were 25-17, 25-13, 25-23.
- Brandeis, 12-13.
- Springfield, 17-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brandeis started the match strong, as the Judges never trailed in the first set. The Judges won the first four points and eight of the first 10.
- The Pride closed within 12-10, but another 8-2 run for the Judges allowed them to cruise to the 25-17 win. Sophomore Lara Verstovsek (Houston, Texas/Episcopal)
- Brandeis also led wire-to-wire in the second set, this time starting on a 7-2 run. SC closed to within three at 16-13, but junior setter Ines Grom-Mansencal (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming) got a kill and proceeded to serve out the nine points as the Judges took it 25-13.
- The fourth set was the most competitive, featuring 14 ties and six lead changes.
- The Pride's biggest lead of the match came at 19-16, but Brandeis quickly reclaimed the lead winning the next four points on a run that included two Sydney Bent (Raleigh, N.C./Ransom Everglades, Fla.) service aces and a solo block by sophomore Tatiana Wainer (North Miami Beach, Fla. / Schech Hillel Community).
- The hosts would take another brief lead at 21-20, but Brandeis closed things out with a 5-2 run to take it, 25-23.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Verstovsek had a match-high 18 kills and just four errors in 44 attacks for a .273 hitting percentage. It marked her fourth-straight match in double digit kills and 12th overall.
- It was her career-high for a three-set match.
- Verstovsek also contributed six digs and four blocks (one solo).
- Wainer had four kills in nine attempts without an error (.444) and a career-high six blocks (one solo).
- Sophomore Arianna Jackson (Lewis Center, Ohio / Oletangy Orange) added six kills in 13 swings (.462) and five blocks.
- Bent finished with a team-high 19 digs, while junior DS Ella Pereira (Redondo Beach, Fla./Rolling Hills Acad.) added 10.
- Grom-Mansencal helped the Judges to a .242 team hitting percentage (34 K-11 E-95 TA) and had 28 assists.
- Brandeis had 12 team blocks, compared to just three for Springfield. The defense also held the Pride to an .026 hitting percentage, keeping them below .000 through the first two sets.
- Brandeis will finish their season at the 2022 UAA Championships next weekend in New York City, taking on top-seeded and host NYU in the first round on Friday at noon.