Beginning the 2013 campaign in the first of three matches during the Brandeis Invitational, the Cardinals took on the host Fri., Sept. 6 and came away on the short end of a 3-0 count, with the final set decided by a 26-24 count. The Cardinals continue in the tournament Sat., Sept. 7, facing Babson and Emmanuel.
Rachel Savage '17 (#11, photo), handling libero duties in the match, was a bright spot for Wesleyan as she averaged 5.7 digs per set. Leading the way in the kills department was Kim Farris '14, as she average 3.7 per set while setter Claire Larson '15 contributed 9.0 assists per set. Farris also had six digs, three blocks and two service aces, both of those coming near the end of the final set as she helped the Cardinals recover from a 21-14 deficit to even the score at 24-24. Saving three match points, Wesleyan got a kill and two aces from Farris to turn a 24-21 count into a 24-24 tie, but the Judges got the final two points on a pair of Cardinal errors to secure the match.
Wesleyan had led, 9-4, early on in the opening set but a 10-4 Brandeis run gave the host the lead for good, 14-13, en route to a 25-20 win. Brandeis dominated the second set and came away with a 25-9 decision for the 2-0 edge.
This was just the third meeting between the squads and the first since 2006. Each team had posted a win in the two previous encounters.