Vassar Sports Roundup: Apr. 14

Women’s Tennis | 5-4 W vs. RPI | April 9

Vassar Women’s Tennis ground out a 5-4 win against Liberty League opponent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) this past weekend, moving to an undefeated 5-0 in league play and 12-1 overall. After going up one in the first doubles match with the duo of Tatum Blalock ’23 and Macey Dowd ’25 winning 8-3 at number two, Vassar fell in the two other doubles matches to stand 1-2 after the doubles round. The Brewers bounced back in singles action with a win by retirement at number two for Dowd, followed by a 6-4, 6-3 victory at number four for Melina Stavropoulos ’22 and a 6-1, 6-2 win for Cara Kizilbash ’22 at number five. Sofie Shen ’24 then clinched the team victory after a tight 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory, despite the Brewers falling at number 6. The squad returns to play on April 13 versus Army and on April 16 versus league opponent Skidmore.

 

Track and Field | Vassar Invitational | April 8

Vassar Track and Field capped off a successful home invitational this past Saturday, with the men’s team taking first with 140 points and the women’s team earning second with 158.33 points. The Brewers opened with a victory in the men’s 4×100 meter relay with a time of 44.77, and later swept the men’s 1,500 meter race with Jack Casalino ’22, Gibran Mourani ’22 and Aidan Mayer ’24 going 1-2-3. The women’s team also claimed the top three spots in the 1,500 meter race, with Sophia Henderson ’25 earning the victory followed by Noni Pattington ’25 and Sasha Allison ’22. In the men’s 5k, Vassar again swept the podium with Miles Takiguchi ’23 running a personal record to win the event, and Johnathan Dean ’22 and John Hurly ’25 placing behind him. On the women’s side for the 5K, Sophie Farr ’25 placed second while also running a personal record. To finish with the track competition, Elinor Kops ’25 broke her own program record to claim the top spot. In the field events, Michael Carne ’24 won the men’s javelin and set a new personal record, and Darnell Worley finished second in the men’s triple jump. The team next competes at the Connecticut College Silfen Invite on April 15 and 16. 

 

Men’s Tennis | 2-0 | April 9-10

Vassar Men’s Tennis went 2-0 this past weekend, sweeping Ithaca College 9-0 and squeaking past New York University (NYU) 5-4. On Apr. 9, the squad hosted Ithaca College, easily handling their league competition. In doubles action, Mathew Yee ’22 and Arnav Aghostinho ’25 recorded an 8-5 win at the number one spot, while Jay Wong ’24 and Benjamin Almquist ’24 posted an 8-5 win at number two and Arun Guruswarmy ’24 and James Balon ’25 followed with an 8-4 win at number three. The Brewers further swept singles action with Aghostinho posting a 6-0, 6-0 win from four and Mihajlo Ivanovic securing the match win with a 6-1, 6-2 win at five. The next day, the team traveled to NYU for a closer match, but still left with a win. Almquist and Wong at number two and Guruswarmy and Balon at number three secured wins in doubles action for the Brewers to go 2-1. In singles action, Yee at number two, Agostinho at number four and Ivanovic at number five all notched victories to secure the win for Vassar after falling at the number one, three and six spots. The team next travels to St. Lawrence University to continue their league play on April 16.

 

Women’s Rugby | Tri-State Conference 7s Championship | April 9

Women’s Rugby fought hard until the last minute this past weekend as the team lost to Columbia in overtime in the Tri-State Conference 7s semifinals. In their match of the day, the squad easily handled Hofstra University 32-7 as Emily Howell ’22 and Claire Zickl ’23 each scored three tries. Their second match proved to be not much harder as the team swept Stony Brook University 34-0, as Howell added two more tries with help from Liz Slein ’24. The Brewers then swiftly moved past Molloy College 26-0, as Vivika Sheppard ’22 recorded two tries to help usher in the victory. Through their earlier wins, the team qualified for the semifinal game versus Columbia University. Although going down one player early due to a Vassar red card, the Brewers remained resilient, battling throughout the game to force an overtime after Columbia came back to tie it up 17-17 at the end of regulation. The Brewers were unable to hold off Columbia in overtime, as their opponent scored to end the contest 22-17. Women’s rugby will next compete in the Beast of the East competition in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, this weekend.

 

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