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Volleyball claims opening day victory

By Kara Karter

Section: Sports

September 3, 2010

Spike: Women’s volleyball dominates in their season opener, winning 3-1 against Babson.
PHOTO BY Alan Tran/The Hoot

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The Brandeis University volleyball team won six of its first seven games in the 2009 season, including a season opening win against Babson College.

The Judges won the seasons first contest, a home match against Babson.

One can only hope the trend continues.

Brandeis defeated Babson (0-1) in Wednesday’s season opener, digging out of an early hole on route to a 3-1 victory.

Outside hitter Paige Blasco ’11 paced the Judges with 16 kills in 39 tries and three block assists. Fellow Senior Nicole Smith ’11 racked up 14 kills in only 24 attempts for a .542 hitting percentage that was tops on the team.

A close first set went to Babson, with the Beavers clawing their way to a 25-21 advantage. However, the Judges bounced back, winning three straight sets in front of a home crowd at Red Auerbach Arena.

Susan Sun ’13 registered a match-high 16 digs. Blasco (13), Si-Si Hensley ’14 (11) and Lauren Berens ’13 (ten) also totaled double-digit digs for the Judges.

Yael Einhorn ’14 posted a team-high 24 assists in her Brandeis debut.

The Judges will be gunning for multiple wins this weekend as they head west for Springfield College’s annual invitational. Last year, the Judges went 3-1 in the tournament, defeating Roger Williams, Lasell and Westfield State before falling to host Springfield in the final.

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