By Steven Merritt
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Vassar College Women’s Volleyball pushed its winning streak to five matches as the Brewers swept Russell Sage 25-12, 25-20, 25-15 before concluding the regular season with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-8 sweep of Marywood in the nightcap. Vassar finishes the regular season at 16-9 overall and will take on fifth-seeded Skidmore in the first round of the Liberty League Championship on Tuesday evening.
VASSAR VS SAGE
Vassar opened the match with a 5-1 lead following two kills from sophomore Molly Delahunty and an ace from sophomore Melia Voss.
The Brewers scored six straight to expand the lead to 13-4 as first year Holland Kaplan buried two winners while junior Frannie Anthony-Brumfield tallied a kill and a block.
A kill from Macey Salvione cut the lead to 18-10 before five straight points from Vassar pushed its lead to 23-10, capped by two kills from Kaplan.
Kaplan and Anthony-Brumfield each buried a winner to take the first set victory.
The second set began tied at eight apiece following an ace from Madeline Mott before Vassar scored nine of the next 10 points as Kaplan buried three winners along with a kill from junior Morgan Miller.
Sage tallied six straight points as Salvione buried two kills along with an ace from Ashleigh Gerkman and a kill from Allison Louque.
Kills from Kaplan, Delahunty, Miller and sophomore Rebecca Gutierrez spurred the Brewers to the set win.
Vassar pushed ahead 6-2 in the early stages as Miller buried a winner while juniors Julia Hale and Hailey Hayes combined for a block.
Louque’s kill cut the lead to 18-13 before the Brewers extended its lead to 23-13 following three kills from Hale.
A Kaplan winner along with a Sage error clinched the three set sweep.
FOR THE BREWERS
Kaplan registered a match-high 15 kills along with six digs while Miller added seven kills and 11 digs.
Hale recorded five kills and two blocks and Delahunty scored four kills and an ace.
Voss handed out 14 assists along with junior Molly Ardren tallied 11 assists.
FOR THE GATORS
Salvione led the Gators with eight kills and 11 digs while Kelley tallied four kills and two digs.
Katherine Jepsen and Louque each added three kills.
Elaina Moisidis lifted 10 digs along with Emma Freidel handed out 17 assists.
VASSAR VS MARYWOOD
Vassar went ahead 7-3 early as senior Maya Levine landed an ace while Kaplan buried two winners.
The Pacers cut the lead to one before Vassar scored four straight with kills from Anthony-Brumfield, Hale, Gutierrez and first year Maura McAusland.
Vassar expanded its lead to 21-10 following two more winners from Kaplan and a kill from Delahunty.
A block from Gutierrez and Hale clinched the set-winning point for the Brewers.
The Brewers pushed ahead 9-5 in the opening stages as Delahunty buried a kill and Anthony-Brumfield and Delahunty recorded two blocks.
Vassar’s lead grew to 17-7 as Kaplan, Delahunty and Ardren each recorded kills along with a block from Kaplan.
Aces from Anthony-Brumfield and Miller along with kills from Hale and Anthony-Brumfield gave Vassar the second set victory.
Gutierrez’s two kills spurred Vassar to a 6-2 lead while Hayes and Hale kills expanded the lead to 9-3.
The Brewers lead grew to 19-7 following a kill from Voss before a Rebecca Klemovitch winner slowed the run.
Miller buried two winners followed by kills from Hale, Hayes and Gutierrez led the Brewers to the second sweep of the day.
FOR THE BREWERS
Kaplan led the way with nine kills while Hale and Delahunty each had five winners.
Miller recorded three kills and eight digs while Anthony-Brumfield tallied two kills, three blocks and three aces.
First year T Petro lifted a match-high 10 digs and Voss handed out 19 assists.
FOR THE PACERS
Casey Hagerstrom and Mikayla Meek each tallied three kills while Karli Boyer and Klemovitch had two winners.
Jaedyn Laws had seven assists while Gianna Norton lifted eight digs.