Vassar Brewers Sports Roundup: April 20, 2023

Men’s Track and Field | April 14-15 | Silfen Invitational

The Vassar men’s track and field team competed at the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College this past weekend. The meet started out on Friday night with the elite distance events. The Brewers had a strong day in the 5000 meters, with Davis Anderson ’26 finishing sixth overall with a time of 15:03.30 and Kai Chang ’25 finishing right behind him in seventh overall with a new personal best of 15:15.78. In the 800 meters, Jose Magana ’25 finished 11th overall with a personal-best time of 1:57.35, and Nick Redstone ’25 smashed the two-minute barrier for the first time with a 17th overall finish in 1:58.63. Magana also had a monster race in the 1500 meters the next day, breaking the four-minute barrier and finishing seventh overall in a time of 3:59.18. Saturday saw the bulk of the events taking place. Standout performances include Darnell Worley ’24 finishing eighth overall in the 400 meters with a time of 51.73 and Jackson Bernreuter ’25 pulling off an excellent double in the 1500 meters and 800 meters, running personal bests in both events of 4:19.89 and 2:09.16 respectively. Lukas Muzila ’23 finished seventh overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a Liberty League qualifying time of 59.60, and Jeremy Frank ’25 finished third overall in the pole vault with a height of 4.15 meters. But possibly the most impressive performance came from Max Bergman ’25, who finished fifth overall in the decathlon with a score of 5033 points which included personal bests in four of the 10 events (11.98 in the 100 meters, 10.19 meters in the shot put, 1.72 meters in the high jump and 53.79 in the 400 meters). Up next for Vassar is the Williams College Farley Invitational on April 22.

Women’s Track and Field | April 14-15 | Silfen Invitational

The Vassar women’s track and field team also traveled to New London, CT, this past weekend for the Silfen Invitational. On Friday night, Augusta Stockman ’23 won the elite 1500 meters with a time of 4:43.82, her fourth straight victory and second straight win in that event. Sophia Henderson ’25 ran a new personal best in the elite 800 meters with a time of 2:20.15, good for eighth overall. Anna Kaigle ’25 also finished eighth overall in the elite 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:33.13. In the elite 5000 meters, the Brewers had two very strong performances from Noni Pattington ’25 and Anika Mueller-Hickler ’26 who finished in sixth and 15th place overall with times of 18:18.69 and 18:38.98 respectively, qualifying them both for the All Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference (AARTFC) championships. On Saturday, Lola Perez-Fry ’23 finished fourth overall in the long jump with a jump of 5.22 meters, and Sydney Passley-Harris ’26 finished sixth overall with a jump of 5.02 meters. Perez-Fry also finished ninth overall in the 100 meters with a time of 12.89. Jahmilia Dennis ’26 had another terrific day, finishing second overall in both the triple jump (with a jump of 11.50 meters) and the 100-meter hurdles (with a time of 15.12). Lila Miller ’26 had a strong day in the heptathlon, finishing fourth overall with a score of 3209, including personal bests in three of the seven events (17.45 in the 100-meter hurdles, 9.81 meters in the shot put and 2:46.94 in the 800 meters). Up next for the Brewers is the Williams College Farley Invitational on April 22.

Men’s Volleyball | April 15-16 | UVC Championships

After its 3-0 sweep of MIT in the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) semifinals, Vassar captured the title with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-18) sweep of St. John Fisher in the championship game at Kenyon Hall. This was the second conference title in program history, and it qualified the Brewers for their fourth NCAA tournament appearance. Jacob Kim ’24 was named tournament MVP. The beginning of the first set saw some back and forth between the teams, but eventually Vassar pulled away with a 19-11 lead, and the set was ended by Gavin Van Beveren ’23, clinching the winning point to give the Brewers the first set 25-16. The second set was also close at the beginning, but with the Brewers clinging to an 11-10 lead, they rattled off six straight points to go up 17-10. St. John Fisher closed the gap down to 21-16 at one point, but Vassar pulled away once again by winning the final three points to take the set 25-17 and grab a commanding 2-0 set lead. In the third and final set, St. John Fisher got out to a 10-9 lead, but the Brewers responded by winning 10 of the next 13 points to take a 19-13 lead themselves. The Brewers never looked back, and Billy Fan ’25 buried the championship-winning kill to give Vassar the set 25-18 and the match 3-0. Fan led the Brewers in kills with 14 and digs with 7. Kim and Van Beveren both had three blocks apiece, and Kim led the team in assists with a staggering 41. The win improved Vassar to 24-1 overall. Up next for the Brewers is a matchup with Baruch College in the first round of the NCAA tournament on April 21 at Kenyon Hall.

Women’s Tennis | April 14-16 | 2-1

The Vassar women’s tennis team had a strong weekend, steamrolling two Liberty League opponents after a hard-fought loss to Hamilton College on April 14.The Brewers fell 3-6 against Hamilton, picking up victories in singles from Macey Dowd ’25 and Sofie Shen ’24 and a doubles victory from the duo of Tatum Blalock ’23 and Elyse Duley ’25. But, Vassar quickly bounced back with a 9-0 sweep of Liberty League rival William Smith College on April 15. In doubles, Shen and Erin McCusker ’26 defeated their opponents 8-5; Dowd and Iris Li ’26 won 8-1; and Blalock and Duley won their match 8-6 to give Vassar the 3-0 advantage in doubles. The Brewers were equally dominant in singles, not dropping a set through six matches. Dowd won 6-1, 6-0, in the number one singles match; McCusker won 6-4, 6-2 from the number two spot; Blalock won 6-3, 6-4 from the number three spot; Shen won 6-1, 6-2 from the four spot; Ananya Krishnan ’26 won 6-0, 6-1 from the number five spot; and Maya Thompson ’26 won 6-3, 6-2 from the six spot. The Brewers kept it rolling the next day with another sweep of a Liberty League opponent, defeating Ithaca College 9-0. Doubles saw Shen and McCusker win 8-1, Li and Dowd win 8-4 and Blalock and Duley squeak out an 8-7 victory. In singles Krishnan triumphed 6-0, 6-2; Duley won 6-2, 6-1; Dowd took a 6-3, 6-1 victory; Li won 6-3, 6-3; Shen won 6-2, 6-3; and McCusker closed it out with a 6-1, 6-3 victory. The wins improved Vassar to 8-5 on the season including 4-1 in League play. Up next for the Brewers is a home match against RPI on April 19.

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