This past Saturday, the Brandeis University volleyball team took on and lost matches against two very strong opponents: Endicott College and Babson College. The Endicott College Gulls are currently 14-6; the Babson College Beavers are currently 19-1.
In the opening match of the day, the Judges competed against the nationally ranked Beavers, who currently sit at number 22 in Division III. The Judges secured the first point with an ace from Belle Scott ’21. Unfortunately, this was the only lead that Brandeis had during the set. The Beavers tied and then surpassed the Judges, remaining in the lead until the end of the set, which ended 25-13. The second set began with a kill by Emma Bartlett ’20, and this time the Judges were able to hold onto the lead for a bit longer. Brandeis started the set up 4-2 on Babson before a kill by Gaby Miller put the Beavers ahead. The Judges were unable to bounce back, losing the set 25-16. The third and final set was the Judges’ best showing. The set continuously went back and forth, both teams battling hard. After quite the overtime, a missed serve, and a game winning block, the set ended 30-28. Babson won the match by a final margin of 3-0.
The second game of the day for the Judges, against the Endicott Gulls, was held just over two hours after the game against the Beavers began. This game also ended in just three sets. The first set began with a kill by Remi Quesnelle, and the Gulls kept the lead from then on, winning the set 25-16. The second set was tied a couple of times; however, following a kill by Amanda Gilbert and a kill by Krystina Shueler, the Judges were unable to recover and lost the set 25-13. In the final set the Judges began up, earning the first two points with a block by Scott and Avery Donovan ’22, and an ace by Marissa Borgert ’21. The Gulls were quick to answer back and won the set 25-18, winning the game 3-0.
After these games, the Judges fall to 4-14 on the season. Catch the Judges in Cleveland, OH on Sunday Oct. 20 as they take on Washington University at St. Louis and New York University in another UAA round robin.