Vassar (5–4) defeated 14th-ranked Rivier University but fell in five sets to Eastern Mennonite University at the Clash at Kean tournament on Jan. 28 on the campus of Kean University in Union, NJ. The Brewers rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Rivier. Vassar’s defense limited Rivier to only 24 kills in the final three sets. Christian Lizana ’17 registered 15 kills, and Zechariah Lee ’18 had 46 assists. Matthew Knigge ’18 had 11 kills, four digs, and four assisted blocks in the match against Eastern Mennonite.
Vassar dropped a four-set match to Wentworth Institute of Technology but topped Wells College in four sets on Jan. 21 at the SUNY Poly Wildcat Invitational in Marcy, NY. Knigge had 14 kills in the match against Wentworth, and Lee had 32 assists, four kills, two service aces, and five digs. George Diehl ’19 had 10 kills in the win over Wells.
The Brewers swept a pair of matches on the first day of the Wildcat Invitational on Jan. 20, blanking Elms College and Lakeland University. Lee had nine aces in the match against Elms. Yoni Auerbach ’20 had seven kills and three digs. Diehl had 12 kills in the win over Lakeland, and Trey Cimorelli ’17 added 12 digs.
Vassar fell in straight sets to sixth-ranked University of California, Santa Cruz, on Jan. 14 on the Santa Cruz campus. The Brewers trailed by a single point, 17–16, in the first set but lost eight of the next nine. Knigge had a team-high seven kills. Cimorelli had five digs.
Head Coach Richard Gary earned his first victory as the Brewers defeated California Lutheran University on Jan. 11 in Thousand Oaks, CA. Vassar won in straight sets, 25–21, 25–21, 25–22. Knigge registered 10 kills and three blocks. Lizana had nine kills and a team-high nine digs.
Vassar dropped its opening game of the season, 3–1, to Hope International University on Jan. 12 in Fullerton, CA. The Brewers lost the first set, 25–20; won the second, 25–17; and lost the next two sets by scores of 25–15 and 27–25. Lizana registered 17 kills and 10 digs. Knigge had 10 kills and seven blocks, and Lee had 38 assists.
The Vassar (9–10, 6–4 Liberty League) defense surrendered 29 points in the opening quarter to Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology (RIT), and the Brewers never caught up, losing by a score of 85–61 on the RIT campus on Jan. 28. Ariella Rosenthal ’18 was Vassar’s top scorer with 24 points. Nicole Teta ’19 added 11.
Sophie Nick ’20 scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but Vassar fell to William Smith College, 75–65, on Jan. 27 on the William Smith campus in Geneva, NY. Isa Peczuh ’20 added 13 points, and Teta had 11.
The Brewers overcame a sluggish start and defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 71–64, on Jan. 17 on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Vassar trailed after one quarter, 22–10, but outscored the Engineers by a 61–42 margin the rest of the way. Rosenthal led the charge with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kim Romanoff ’18 added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Maeve Sussman ’19 scored a career-high 15 points and Vassar used a stifling defense to defeat St. Lawrence University, 58–40, on Jan. 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The Brewers limited St. Lawrence to just 11 points in the first half. Rosenthal scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Teta canned a three-point shot with 1.8 seconds remaining, propelling Vassar to a 64–61 victory over Clarkson University on Jan. 13 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Teta finished with a game-high 21 points. Rosenthal had 20.
Vassar set a single-game scoring record, defeating Bard College, 101–31, on Jan. 10 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Ten Brewers players logged at least 15 minutes of playing time. Reserve center Sabrina Ulsh ’19 finished with 14 points, and Maddie Leong ’19 added a career-best 13. Vassar’s 101 points eclipsed the 95 the Brewers scored in a win over Centenary College on Nov. 15, 2009.
In a battle that featured 17 lead changes, Vassar fell to William Smith College, 69–65, on Jan. 7 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Nick led the Brewers with 19 points. Sussman added 11.
Nick scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Vassar to an 83–72 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology on Jan. 6 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Rosenthal had 19 points, and Peczuh added 15.
Vassar’s late surge fell just short, as Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) held on for an 86–83 victory on Jan. 28 on the RIT campus. The Brewers (5–14, 1–9 Liberty League) trailed 77–59 in the second half but scored 20 of the next 22 points to knot the score at 79. Kyle Kappes ’20 canned two three-pointers, and Alex Seff ’19 had seven points during the rally. Kappes and Seff each finished with 13 points. Jesse Browne ’18 had 20 points and five assists.
Vassar’s 34–30 halftime lead evaporated quickly and the Brewers fell to Hobart College, 92–70, on Jan. 27 on the Hobart campus in Geneva, NY. Browne led the Brewers with 24 points.
Trinity College staged a late rally and defeated the Brewers, 67–58, on Jan. 24 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Vassar took a 31–28 lead into the second half, but Trinity used an 8–3 run midway through the second half to take a 55–50 lead and Vassar never caught up. Mason Dyslin ’19 and Browne each scored 11 points.
Seff scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Vassar’s 69–58 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Jan. 17 on the RPI campus in Troy, NY. Vassar trailed by just one point, 47–46, midway through the second half but never led. Tony Caletti ’18 came off the bench to score 12 points.
Forward Steve Palecki ’19 scored a career-high 13 points, but the Brewers fell to St. Lawrence University, 97–79, on Jan. 14 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Seff and Browne each scored 18 points.
Hunter Gettings ’20 led all Vassar scorers with 16 points in Vassar’s 76–60 loss to Clarkson University on Jan. 13 at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Seff, Dyslin, and Mickey Adams ’17 combined for 40 points and 17 rebounds in Vassar’s 69–61 victory over Bard College on Jan. 10 at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Caletti had six assists.
Vassar finished third in a five-team field on Jan. 28 at the Skidmore College Sprint Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY. Kael Ragnini ’19 dominated the 500-yard freestyle, winning the event by more than nine seconds with a time of 5:28.68. Julia Cunningham ’17 won the 400-yard individual medley and the 50-yard butterfly. Laura Vidano ’20 was second in the 50-yard butterfly. William Smith College won the event. Skidmore edged Vassar for second, 368–347. SUNY Cobleskill and Bard College were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Hayley Schultz ’19 won the 200-yard breaststroke, and Cunningham won three events, but Vassar fell to Pace University, 162–101, on Jan. 25 on the Pace campus in Pleasantville, NY. Cunningham won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.
Ragnini and Cunningham combined to win six events at the Seven Sisters Championships on Jan. 21 and 22 at Kresge Pool. The Brewers finished third in the event. Ragnini won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Cunningham was first in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley and the 100- and 200-yard butterfly.
Cunningham won three events and set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly in a tri-meet against Trinity College and Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 14 in the Trinity pool in Hartford, CT. The Brewers lost to Trinity, 166–112, and fell to Mount Holyoke, 144–134. Cunningham registered a time of 2:08.26, eclipsing a 12-year-old Trinity pool record. Cunningham also won the 200-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard butterfly. Ragnini won the 1,000-yard freestyle, and she teamed with Cunningham, Meg Harrington ’19, and Cali Corbett ’18 to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Cunningham led Vassar to second-place finishes in the 3x100-yard butterfly and 3x100-yard breaststroke relay events on Jan. 9 against Hamilton College in Islamorada, FL. Sammy Stone ’19 and Zoe Kurtz ’17 swam with Cunningham in the butterfly event, and Schultz and Emily McDaniels ’18 were the other members of the breaststroke relay squad.
Jordan Kalina ’20 won the 500-yard freestyle and Vassar’s 200-yard medley relay team also chalked up a win as the Brewers defeated three opponents at the Skidmore College Sprint Invitational on Jan. 28 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Anthony Walker ’17 anchored the relay team with a 21.93 in the freestyle. Other members of the team were Chris Cerutti ’17 (backstroke), Jonah Strand ’18 (breaststroke), and Harrison Taylor ’20 (butterfly). Vassar won the competition with a total of 466 points, followed by Skidmore with 443, SUNY Cobleskill with 277, and Bard College with 182.
Walker won the 200-yard butterfly and helped the 200-yard medley relay team to a second-place finish, but the Brewers lost to Pace University, 151–101, on Jan. 25 in the Pace pool. Strand finished second in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and was part of the medley relay team.
Strand won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, but Vassar fell to Trinity College, 181–89, on Jan. 14 in the Trinity pool in Hartford, CT. Connor Martin ’18 won the one-meter diving event.
Vassar’s 3x100-yard butterfly and 3x100-yard breaststroke relay teams won their events in a meet against Hamilton College on Jan. 9 in Islamorada, FL. Walker, Luke Morrison ’18, and Taylor swam in the butterfly event. Strand, Patrick Lai ’17, and Lukas Harries ’19 comprised the breaststroke squad.
Vassar (19–12) defeated Brown University and Tufts University but lost to Brandeis University, Boston College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Northeast Fencing Conference action on Jan. 28 in Providence, RI. Elsa Stoff ’17, Mirit Rutishauser ’19, and Sophie Blumenstock ’19 keyed the win over Tufts with victories in foil. Olivia Weiss ’17 was undefeated in épée in Vassar’s first win ever over Brown.
Vassar won 135 of 162 matches at the Cleveland State Duals on Jan. 21 in Cleveland, OH. The Brewers breezed past Cleveland State University twice and also defeated the University of Michigan, McKendree University, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Detroit Mercy. Rutishauser led the undefeated foil team, and Annie Innes-Gold ’18 was 6–0 in sabre. Rose Hulsey-Vincent ’19 led the épée squad.
Vassar (23–8) dropped four of five matches in Northeast Fencing Conference competition on Jan. 28 in Providence, RI. The Brewers defeated Tufts University, 21–6, but lost to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Boston College, and Brandeis University. Noe Berger ’20 and Tom Racek ’18 were undefeated in foil in the win over Tufts. Jackson Dammann ’17 and George Whiteside ’18 each had two wins in épée, and Eli Polston ’18 was 3–0 in sabre.
Vassar defeated all six opponents at the Cleveland State Duals on Jan. 21 in Cleveland, OH. The Brewers defeated Cleveland State University twice and also knocked off Case Western Reserve University, University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Michigan, and McKendree University. Polston led the sabre team, and Berger and Racek were undefeated in foil.
Vassar (9-2) blanked Boston University, 9–0, and breezed past Bucknell University, 8–1, on Jan. 28 at Kenyon Hall. Playing at No. 1, Hannah Nice ’18 surrendered only two points in three games against her Boston opponent and defeated her Bucknell opponent in three straight games. Isabelle Bertram ’17 won both of her matches at No. 3 without losing a game.
Nice won her fifth straight match of the season at No. 1, leading the Brewers to an 8–1 victory over Haverford College on Jan. 21 on the Haverford (PA) campus. Sydney Nemphos ’20 had the longest match of the day, defeating Haverford’s Isabel Agnew in four games.
Vince Mencotti ’17 and Alex Riccio ’17 posted victories for Vassar (5–8) in a 7–2 loss to Northeastern University on Jan. 29 at Kenyon Hall.
Vassar blanked the University of Vermont but lost to Boston University at the Hudson Valley Team Tournament on Jan. 28 at Kenyon Hall. Caden Gruber ’19 was the only Brewer to win both of his matches.
Vassar dropped a pair of matches in Haverford, PA, on Jan. 21, losing to Haverford College, 8–1, and falling to Swarthmore College, 6–3. Mencotti won both of his matches. Gruber and Lucas Fifer ’17 had wins over Swarthmore.