Women’s and Men’s Squash | Feb. 5-6 | Liberty League Championships
Vassar squash concluded conference play this past weekend, with the men’s side going 1-3 and the women’s side 1-2. For the men’s squad, the opening round match against Hobart showcased a tough loss for the Brewers, as the squad fell 0-9. The only victory of the weekend came versus Bard in the second match of the day, winning 8-1. Victories from senior captain Reese Collins ’22 (Disclaimer: Collins is the Crossword Writer of The Miscellany News), Liam Condon ’22 and Jarid Haslinger ’25 at positions two through four highlighted the win for the squad. Another heavy loss came during the Rochester match on Saturday, as the squad again fell 0-9. The women’s squad split the first day of action 1-1, also earning a victory versus Bard, but falling to William Smith. Against William Smith, the team shouldered a 0-9 concession, but rebounded for a sweep against Bard. Emma Adams ’25, Anna Lee ’24, Nicole Pihlstrom ’22 piloted the attack at the one through three spots as they dispatched their opponents with ease. Unfortunately, Sunday saw both teams close play with losses to Saint Lawrence University. The women’s team next plays Smith College and Mount Holyoke College on Feb. 19, while the men’s side now looks forward to College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals which take place from Feb. 18-20.
Women’s Fencing | Feb. 5 | Northeast Conference (NFC) Multimeet #3
Women’s fencing capped their third weekend of Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) action with a 4-2 record, notching wins over the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sacred Heart, University of New Hampshire and Boston University, but lost to Tufts and Wellesley. In the first round against Tufts, the team went 4-5 in foil, 0-9 in saber, and 3-6 at epee. Despite the tough loss, the Brewers rebounded in the second and third rounds, recording 22-5 victories over UMass and Sacred Heart. The Brewers kept their momentum into the fourth round as they dominated New Hampshire 26-1, dropping only one bout in foil. Boston University proved to be a tougher opponent, but Vassar still came out on top with a 17-10 win, with foil and saber triumphant. The squad proved unable to sustain their success against host Wellesley. Epee and foil both conceded 2-7, while foil fell 4-5. Despite the opening and concluding round losses, the 4-2 record elevated the squad to 18-13 on the year. Zoe Tolbert ’22 and Tori Lubin ’22 led the way for the Brewers, as Tolbert ended the day 17-1 in foil and Lubin went 15-3. Women’s fencing next faces Columbia and NYU at Columbia on Feb. 16 before hosting the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference (EWFC) Championships.
Men’s Fencing | Feb. 5| Northeast Conference (NFC) Multimeet #3
This past weekend, men’s fencing traveled to Wellesley, Massachusetts to compete in the third NFC multimeet of the season. After going 1-4 last time they had conference play, the squad bounced back to go 3-1. In their opening contest with a 22-5 win over UMass after going undefeated in foil, 7-2 in epee, and 6-3 in saber. Vassar’s only loss of the day came in the next round against Sacred Heart. The Brewers prevailed in saber and epee, but recorded a big loss in the foil. The Brewers easily handled New Hampshire in the third round, pulling off a 9-0 victory in epee and 8-1 victories in saber and foil. Vassar finished the day off with another easy win against Boston College, rolling over their opponent 23-4. A sweep from foil, and 7-2 victories from epee and saber concluded the widely successful day of competition for the fencing squad. Nishay Bhatnagar ’22 and Conor Travaglione ’23 were highlights as both went undefeated throughout the day. As the squad concludes their season, they will challenge Columbia and NYU before competing at the NEIFC Championships on Feb. 26.
Men’s Volleyball | Feb. 4-5 | International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic
Vassar went 1-1 this past weekend at the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, falling to No. 1 Springfield on Friday, but overcoming No. 4 NYU on Saturday. The No. 3 ranked squad are now 4-1. The highly anticipated match with the top ranked Pride reached five sets before Springfield prevailed. After dropping the first set 15-25, the team rallied to take both the second and third sets 25-22. Despite capturing the lead, the Pride battled through the fourth and fifth sets to notch the win. The next day, Vassar bounced back from their earlier loss to sweep NYU. After easily clearing the Violets in the first set 25-15, Matt Usui ’22 and Adam Gulick ’23 led their squad to victory after two close sets. The second set saw the Brewers tie it up 22-22 after being down temporarily, but after allowing one NYU kill, they settled things down to end on a 3-0 run. NYU raced ahead in the third set to go up 7-0, but again, the team fired back to keep it close. After trading leads all set, the Brewers finally closed it out late to complete the sweep with a 26-24 win. Next up is MIT on Feb. 12.