No. 9 Vassar Finishes Fourth at Nazareth Invitational


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Rochester, N.Y. - In this young men's volleyball season, Vassar has already faced the AVCA/CSTV No. 1 ranked team twice, the No. 2 team once, No. 6 once and has a match with No. 5 on Wednesday.

This past Friday and Saturday at the Nazareth Invitational, the No. 9 Brewers were in a pool that had them playing four ranked opponents -- ranging from No. 1 to No. 8. The results were promising: On Saturday, Vassar avenged an earlier season loss to then No. 2 Carthage (now seventh) with a 3-1 victory and played No. 1 UC Santa Cruz well in a 3-1 loss.

Competing in a difficult pool, the Brewers finished a solid fourth, going 2-2 in the invitational. For his efforts over four games, which included 179 assists, junior John Kessenich (Chicago, IL/Richard Montgomery) was named to the All-Invitational Team.

At 7-5, 2-0 the schedule offers no break as No. 5 Stevens Institute visits Kenyon Hall on Wednesday, February 13 for a 7:00 pm NECVA match.

The Brewers were clicking with a 30-25, 30-27, 21-30, 30-22 victory over Carthage in Saturday's first game. Sophomore Phil Tully (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman) led the way with 20 kills and a .325 hitting percentage (20-7-40). Junior Steve Micucci (Millis, MA/Millis) hit .360 following a 14 kill effort (14-5-25). And emerging freshman Evan Fredericksen (Menlo Park, CA/Menlo Park) had another double digit effort with 11 kills. Setting the Brewers up was Kessenich, who had 48 assists.

Of particular note in the victory over Carthage was the five kills registered by junior Scott Leserman (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) who surpassed the 500 mark in his career. Leserman added 14 digs in the match and the Brewers were defensively strong. Senior Tom Pawlowski (Havertown, PA/Haverford) had a team high 19 digs and senior Kyle Giunta (Penfield, NY/Penfield) had 17. As a team, Vassar had 98 digs.

Against UC Santa Cruz, the second No. 1 ranked team Vassar has faced this season (other was Springield), the Brewers had the match tied at 1-1 following a 30-23 victory in the second game. UC Santa Cruz won the first game 30-20 and posted a tight 30-25 win in the third game and 30-22 in the fourth.

Tully and Micucci led the way with 15 and 8 kills respectively. Leserman had 13 digs. Kessenich had 40 assists.

Article courtesy of Vassar athletics.

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