Vassar Today

Sports Wrapup

By Casey Hager, director of sports information

4th-ranked Men’s Volleyball Making Run at Molten Title

The men’s volleyball team reached fourth in the national ranking after a 10-2 start. Led by seniors Jesse Lam and Jeff Barr, the Brewers picked up where they left off in 2002, posting a stunning 3-0 win over then-fourth-ranked NYU, and taking a run against second-ranked Springfield.

Jeffrey Barr '03
Jeffrey Barr '03

Jeffrey Barr ‘03 goes for the spike in a game against Roger Williams University.

Barr, who is among the national leaders in hitting percentage and aces per game, set the school record for career digs in a 3-1 win over NJIT in February. Lam, too, has been torrid at the net, leading the team in kills per game. He and Barr have been chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as national players of the week.

Vassar has games remaining against Springfield and NYU, before leaving for California in mid-March, where they will play third-ranked La Verne. They return to finish up their regular season at the end of March.

The Brewers will look to make some noise at the EIVA Championships, before hopefully qualifying for the Molten Championships.

Vassar Women’s Rugby Qualifies for Nationals and Will Host Bracket

Vassar will host Pool D of the Women’s Division I Collegiate Rugby Championship the weekend of April 19–20. Vassar will play Ohio State on Saturday, with the winner meeting the other side of the bracket winner to determine who advances to the final four. The Brewers emerged from the Northeast region as the top team after an impressive fall season. They went 12-0, and in the Northeast playoffs knocked off Radcliffe 45-0, last year’s champion Dartmouth 33-5, and Cornell 31-0.

Megan Delong '05
Megan Delong '05

Megan DeLong ’05 broke Vassar records in the 400-yard individual medley and in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.

Women’s co-captain Julie Half ’03 played a huge role in the team’s success and is a vital link between the forwards and the backs. The scoring has been evenly spread and everybody has made significant contributions, but Half is the decision maker.

“I’m very excited that the players have earned this opportunity, and we want to make this weekend a great sporting occasion,” said head coach Tony Brown. “I hope that the student body, friends, family, and alumnae/i make the effort to come to the game and give us a real home-field advantage.” The women’s team will prepare for their national championships by playing three games in England prior to the Sweet 16 weekend.

Photo credit: Carlisle Stockton

Season Stats

Men’s Basketball

(6-19, 1-13 UCAA)

Vassar made strides this season with a sophomore-dominated team. Jud Winton ’05 led the Brewers in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game. Brian Snodgrass ’03 finished his career with over 1,000 points. Matt Parker ’05 led the team in the paint, averaging 7.4 rebounds per contest to go along with 8.6 points per game.

Women’s Basketball

(5-19, 2-12 UCAA)

Carleen Aubee ’03 finished her career deeply entrenched in Vassar’s record book. She is second all-time in scoring (1,334 points) and first in rebounds (784). Aubee was named to the UCAA All-Conference First Team.

Men’s Fencing

(8-9, 3rd at New England Champ.)

Vassar won individual medals in three events at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships. Tim Reno ’03 took the gold-medal match, while Justin Bernstein ’06 won a silver medal in saber competition. Tom Creeley ’03 finished his Vassar career with a bronze in men’s foil.

Women’s Fencing

(3-15, 9th at New England Champ.)

The women’s fencing team picked up wins this season against CCNY, Tufts, and Marist. Led by captain Anne Tiballi ’03 the women’s epee team finished eighth at the New Englands.

Men’s Squash (6-11)

Led by the strong play of Tim Shea ’03, the men’s squash team won four of their last seven matches to finish the season ranked 27th in the nation.

Women’s Squash (12-9)

The women’s squash team finished the season ranked 15th in the nation. The program has steadily improved over the last four seasons. Sara Wood ’05 won 13 individual matches this season at the top position.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

(2-8, 4th at UCAA Championships)

Vassar finished a school-best fourth at the UCAA Championships. Ben Chung ’03 leaves the program with seven individual records and one team record. Chung finished fourth at the New York State Championships in the 500-yard freestyle event and third in the 400-yard individual medley.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

(3-5, 6th UCAA Championships)

Devon Chen ’03 finished her career at Vassar with 10 school records (6 individual). This season alone, she set marks in the 100-yard freestyle and in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard butterfly events.