Volleyball rallies to defeat NYU, 3-2, and win fifth-place at UAA Championships

Emma Bartlett '20 and the Judges have reason to celebrate after finishing 5th in the UAA, their best since 2008. (Photo by Sportspix.com)
Emma Bartlett '20 and the Judges have reason to celebrate after finishing 5th in the UAA, their best since 2008. (Photo by Sportspix.com)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Brandeis University volleyball team turned its best performance at the University Athletic Association (UAA) in a decade today as the Judges rallied from two sets down to defeat New York University in the conference's fifth-place match today. Set scores were 17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-7. Brandeis closes its 2018 season with a 13-17 record after winning its final two matches, while NYU ends up at 18-16 for the regular season.

"I'm so proud of the way we finished this match," said head coach Alesia Vaccari. "NYU started the match strong, but we did a great job finishing. It's something we've been talking about all season. Everyone on the team contributed."


  • The Judges hitters struggled in the first two sets, hitting below .100 in both sets as NYU won, 25-17 and 25-18.
  • Brandeis started its comeback by getting off to a fast start in the third set. Tied at 3-3, the Judges went on a 7-0 run, highlighted by two Shea Decker-Jacoby (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount) kills and a block by junior Emma Bartlett (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and rookie Emerson White (Lexington, Ky./Sayre) that capped the string.
  • The teams traded blows the rest of the way, but Brandeis hung on for the 25-22 win.
  • In the fourth set, after the Violets scored the first point, Brandeis answered with the next four and never trailed again. Although NYU tied the set at 5-5, another six-point run by the Judges put it away.
  • Decker-Jacoby had a kill and two blocks in the run, with Bartlett assisting both. NYU got within two at 13-11, but the Judges did not let them get any closer in forcing the fifth set, 25-21.
  • The Judges roared out of the gate in the fifth set, establishing a 5-2 lead and taking an 8-5 edge into the changeover.
  • The Violets got within one at 8-7, but Brandeis closed them out by scoring seven of the match's final eight points. Three kills came from Bartlett down the stretch as the Judges completed the comeback, 15-8, winning it on a kill by sophomore Marissa Borgert (Blaine, Minn./Spring Lake Park).


  • The Judges finished with a balanced attack as three players finished in double figures in kills. Bartlett led the way with a match-high 14 kills. She also led the team in hitting percentage, with just four errors in 31 attacks for a .323 percentage.
  • Borgert added 13 kills and a match-high 29 assists for her fourth double-double of the season. Her kill total was one shy of her season-best.
  • Decker-Jacoby added 10 kills, her ninth match this season in double figures.
  • Defensively, Bartlett led the net players with six blocks, while White had four.
  • Rookie Kaitlyn Oh (Santa Clara, Calif./Cupertino) contributed 36 digs to lead all players, while senior Yvette Cho (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) had 12.
  • After getting outhit, .261-.063, in the first two sets, the Judges turned the tables in the final three with a .186-.046 advantage.


  • The fifth-place finish by the Judges is their best since finishing fourth in the 2008 and 2007 seasons.
  • Prior to this weekend, Brandeis had not posted a win at the UAA tournament since 2010.
  • The Judges had been 0-4 in five-set matches this season.
  • Last year, Brandeis and NYU played a five-set match in the seventh-place match, with the Violets coming from two sets down to win.