Women’s tennis | March 26-27 | 2W-0L
No. 31-ranked women’s tennis went 2-0 this past weekend as they faced off against league opponents Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and St. Lawrence University on the road. On Saturday, the Brewers easily handled the Tigers, smashing past with a clean 9-0 sweep. The Brewers kickstarted their success in the doubles competition, led by top duo Melina Stavropoulos ’22 and Sofie Shen ’24, and number two duo of Tatum Blalock ’23 and Macey Dowd ’25 winning 8-1, and finally with 8-2 victory from number three pairing Cara Kizilbash ’22 and Elyse Duley ’25. The singles’ action picked up where doubles left off, with the Brewers going 6-0 versus their RIT opponents. At the number one spot, Blalock went 6-1, 6-1, while Dowd and Shen went 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-2, at spots two and three, respectively. Stavropoulos, Kizilbash and Duley rounded out the win, going 6-0, 6-1; 6-1, 6-1; and 6-1, 6-1. The Brewers then traveled to Canton, NY to compete against the St. Lawrence Saints, notching yet another victory in league play with a 7-2 win. The squad once again swept doubles action, going 8-1, 8-7 (7-3), and 8-3 across the three top spots. The Brewers saw their win secured in singles action, as Shen, Stavropoulos and Kizilbash won out at the three through five spots. Duley also defeated her Saints opponent, while Blalock and Dowd fell at the number one and two spots. For their performances this past weekend, Stavropoulos and Shen were named the Liberty League Doubles Team of the Week. The Brewers will host Ithaca College next in their Liberty League home opener on April 2.
Men’s tennis | March 26 | W, 5-4
The Brewers moved to 5-5 overall on the season when they defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CGA) 5-4. After falling to CGA at the number one and number three spots, the number two duo Benjamin Almquist ’24 and Jay Wong ’24 pulled out the first win of the day for the squad. After entering singles’ action down by 1-2, the team bounced back to capture the victory, going 4-2. At number one Wong earned a 6-4, 6-2 win, while Almquist at number three battled it out to win in three sets 6-1, 3-6 and 6-2. Arnav Agostinho ’24 at five also notched victory after three sets, winning 6-4, 4-6 and 7-5. Mihajlo Ivanovic ’22 rounded out the win for Vassar as he won in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Wong earned Liberty League Weekly Honor Roll recognition for his performance against the Bears. The team next travels to Troy, NY to continue league play against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Track and Field | March 25-26 | Monmouth Invitational
Jack Casalino ’22 led the way for the Brewers this past weekend at the Monmouth Invitational, setting a program record and winning the 10,000 meter with a time of 30:38.01. The previous record of 31:18.89 was set in 2018 by Michael Scarlett ’18. Miles Takiguchi ’23 followed shortly behind, running a 31:12.49 to earn third overall, as well as breaking the previous 10K record. Other noted Vassar distance competitors included Aidan Mayer ’24 who earned ninth overall in the men’s 1,500 meters, and Noni Pattington ’25, who finished 14th overall in the women’s 5,000-meter race. In the women’s 100-meter dash, Traci Francis ’25 finished 15th overall, while Ava Novak ’24 placed 25th overall in the 400-meters with a personal best of 1:03.52. On the track side of events, Malinda Smith ’23 placed 21st in the women’s long jump with a jump of 4.57 meters, and Michael Carne ’24 earned 10th overall in the men’s javelin with a 46.06 meter throw. Elinor Kops ’25 rounded out the squad with a 1.45 meter high jump to place ninth. Vassar track and field next competes this coming weekend at the Ramapo Invitational in Mahwah, NJ.