Wellesley, MA - The Vassar College women’s volleyball team won both of its matches to start a run towards winning the Seven Sisters Championships on Saturday afternoon in matches against Bryn Mawr and Smith at Wellesley College.
Behind the play of senior Amy Bavosa, who had 41 kills in two matches and the defensive effort of sophomore Aoife Feighery, who had 47 digs in both matches, Vassar opened play with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Bryn Mawr and won its second round match over Smith 3-2 (21-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-14, 15-11).
Vassar 3, Bryn Mawr 1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23)
Bryn Mawr grabbed an early lead in set one before Vassar fought back to tie the match at 12-12. The squads traded points until a five-point run gave Bryn Mawr a 22-20 advantage, and the Owls held on for a 25-23 win.
Vassar rebounded in the second set, using solid defense and transition offense to build an 18-11 lead. The Owls rallied to within two, at 24-22, but the Brewers held on for a 25-22 win.
Vassar carried the momentum into set three, jumping out to a 15-10 lead at the halfway point. Once again Bryn Mawr surged, but the Owls fell short as Vassar managed a 25-20 victory and a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the deciding set, the Brewers built a 20-16 advantage on a five-point serving run from Feighery. The Owls managed to tie the game at 22-22, but Vassar eked out a close win, 25-23.
Bavosa accounted for 21 of Vassar’s 53 kills, while freshman hitter Marie Pitre contributed 15 kills. On 77 total attack attempts, that formidable duo made only four attack errors.
Vassar 3, Smith 2 (21-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-14, 15-11)
Smith inched out to an early lead in set one before a six-point serving series from Bavosa gave the Brewers a 14-11 edge. But the Pioneers responded with two late surges to take the first set 25-21. The Brewers grabbed the early momentum in set two, building a 17-10 lead as they appeared poised to even the match at 1-1. But Smith responded with a late charge, fighting off two set points before taking the set 27-25.
Down 2-0, Vassar re-grouped and built a 14-9 lead in the first half of set three. Smith pulled to within three at 22-19, but could get no closer as the Brewers snagged a 25-21 win. The Brewers then charged out of the gate in set four in route to a 25-14 victory, evening the match at two sets a piece.
In the fifth and deciding set, Smith pulled out to a 9-6 lead. Vassar answered with tough serving and defense, out-scoring Smith 9-2 for the 15-11 win.