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Volleyball snaps losing streak

Published: October 28, 2011
Section: Sports

This past Friday at the 2011 Hall of Fame Invitational, Brandeis women’s volleyball won the first match against Smith College in straight sets but lost the next two games. The Judges had been without wins since their Sept. 17 victory against Emmanuel but Brandeis was back on top after sweeping Smith 25-16, 26-24 and 25-22.

Outside hitter Liz Hood ’15 led Brandeis with 11 kills and middle blocker Lauren Berens ’13 nailed nine kills while making no errors. Libero Elsie Bernaiche ’15 was the standout on defense for the Judges with 19 digs, while team captain setter Yael Einhorn ’14 kept the offense going with 32 assists.

During the second day of play the Judges lost both of their matches in straight sets. In the first match of the day, Amherst defeated Brandeis 25-18, 25-17 and 25-22. Outside hitter Si-Si Hensley ’14 and Hood both led the Judges with 11 kills each, and Einhorn once again led the team in assists for the second game in a row with 28. Amherst improved to 17-5 after the victory.

In the second match of the day, Brandeis lost to 25th-ranked Bowdoin 25-9, 25-11 and 25-23. Hensley and Hood again paced the offense, with Hensley adding nine digs and two blocks. After an impressive tournament performance, Hensley was named to the All Tournament team. She finished second on the team in blocks and kills, third in digs, and topped off the great effort with two aces. Brandeis dropped to 8-17 after the tournament, while Bowdoin improved to 20-2.

Tuesday, the Judges traveled to nearby Lasell College and cruised to an easy straight set victory 25-11, 25-19 and 25-15. Hood led the offense with 10 kills and middle blocker Becca Fischer ’13 followed with eight kills. Hensley had another great performance, leading the team in digs with 15, and added six kills.Brandeis improved to 9-17 after the win, and Lasell fell to 13-17.

The Judges will host U-Mass Boston Saturday at 1 p.m.