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Volleyball finishes strong at home

Published: November 7, 2014
Section: Sports


The Brandeis volleyball team finished strong this past Saturday with a 3-1 win on senior night against Eastern Connecticut State University. The Judges buzzed with emotion and excitement for their final home game of the season in which they honored the hard work of their four senior members. The team honored Elsie Bernaiche, Carly Gutner-Davis, Liz Hood and Shemira Pennyman before their final game.

The team rallied around the energy associated with the seniors’ last game and pulled out a win for the senior players. The Judges started with an early 4-0 lead but lost it when the Warriors racked up six straight points. The set was close, flipping back and forth until Brandeis pulled away to secure a win of 25-20.

The second set followed a similar pattern with the Judges coming from behind at the end. However, the Warriors at first came out strong, capturing the lead from the Judges until Brandeis could pull ahead to secure the set at the end. Keeping the set interesting, the Warriors managed to make it a close score of 25-21, with the Judges coming out on top.

The Warriors took an early lead again in the third set, but the Judges couldn’t come back this time. The team grasped at straws in their effort to come back against ECSU, even at one point calling a timeout to break up the Warriors’ rhythm. However, the Judges’ efforts weren’t enough, and the Warriors took the set 25-16.

The last set followed the pattern of the game, with the Judges playing catch up. The Warriors took the lead and held it, with a score of 20-15. Then the Judges rallied to come within two points of ECSU. The Judges called a timeout to collect themselves and then came back onto the court full force. The Judges took the lead and held it to come out with a 26-24 win for the set and a 3-1 win for the match.

The Judges recorded a .085 kill percentage for the match, which was boosted by Jessie Moore ’18. Moore lead the team with 19 kills, Maddie Engeler ’16 followed up with 10 kills, Shemira Pennyman ’15 with five kills, Jessica Kaufman ’17 with four kills, Carly Gutner-Davis ’15 with two and Elsie Bernaiche ’15 with one kill for the match. Julie Kim ’18 recorded 33 assists for the match, while libero Bernaiche contributed 30 digs.

The Judges end their home season with a record of 8-21.