This weekend the men’s tennis team confronted two nationally ranked schools: number 12 North Carolina Wesleyan College and number 17 Case Western Reserve University. On Saturday’s match against North Carolina, the Brewers fell 2-7. The only wins of the day came from freshman Daniel Cooper in singles and his doubles match with teammate senior Nick Jasso. The next day’s competition against Case Western proved more difficult, as the team finished with a 0-9 loss. This puts the team’s record at 3-4 as they prepare for their next match at Vassar, against Skidmore College on Saturday, February 23.
The women’s squash team faced some tough competition in the W. Howe Cup Team Championships this weekend. After falling 2-7 to William Smith on Friday, the team was blanked by Georgetown University 0-9. Despite the losses, several individuals had noteworthy sets. Seniors Libby Pei and Jill Levine won their first two sets against Georgetown, and both sophomore Alexandra Bowditch and senior Nancy Zhang won their matches against William Smith. This brings and end to the squash season, though Pei in the number one spot will compete in the CSA Division III Championships that have yet to be scheduled.
On Friday, February 15, the men’s volleyball team was victorious over Hunter College, blanking their opponents 3-0. The score was tied only twice in the entire match as Vassar dominated most of the sompetition. The first set was the most competitive, with two kills from senior Matt Elgin and a Hunter miscue helping the Brewers to finish out the set. Strong Vassar offense kept them ahead in the second and third sets. Senior Patrick Donohue’s kill in the final set gave the team the lead, and junior Joe Pyne’s ten kills led to a neat finish. The next match for the team will be against NYU on February 21.
In the last decisive game of the regular season on Saturday, February 16, the women’s basketball team defeated Union College 74-58 to claim the regular season number one Liberty League seed. Junior guard Cydni Matsuoka was the top scorer of the game. Her 23 total points prevented Union from a comeback throughout the game. The score was tied early in the competition, but once the Brewers took the lead at the 15:33 mark of the first half, they stayed ahead for the rest of the game. Union did begin to close the gap several times, but efforts by sophomore forward Colleen O’Connell and Matsuoka helped Vassar to regain dominance. Both O’Connell and Matsuoka, as well as sophomore guard Nyah Berg and junior guard Hannah Senftleber, had scores in the double digits. This win put the Brewers in the number one seed, thus procuring home court advantage in the Liberty League semifinals.
Saturday’s 93-60 loss to Union College marks the end of the men’s basketball season. Early on in the game, freshman forward Nick Johnson’s three-pointer tied the score. Union’s subsequent 17-5 run brought them ahead and they never fell behind for the rest of the competition. However Vassar’s offense appeared to be making a comeback after halftime, making five three-pointers and going 10-12 in free throws. Sophomore guard Jon Safir and freshman guard Erickson Wasyl were perfect from the free throw line. Sophomor forward Alex Snyder led the team in total rebounds for the game and a team high eleven points per game. The Brewers’ season ended with a 7-18 record overall and 3-13 record in the Liberty League.