Vassar Finishes Strong Weekend with Wins over MIT and Endicott
BEVERLY, MA (March 25, 2012) - In a season where wins over nationally ranked opponents are more important than ever, the #11 men's volleyball team's sweep of #8 MIT, 25-12, 25-17, 26-24, is as significant as it was impressive. They then capped their performance at the Endicott Invitational with a four-set victory over the host Gulls 18-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22. Charlie Caldwell was named to the All-Tournament team.
While the Brewers hope to win the UVC tournament to be hosted by NYU on April 14-15, and thereby earn the conference's automatic bid, the win over MIT will improve their resume should they need an at-large bid to the inaugural NCAA Division III men's volleyball championship.
Vassar is now 14-8, 6-4 in conference play, and will host its final conference opponent on Wednesday March 28. The match against Bard will begin at 7:00 PM in Kenyon Hall.
When Vassar faced #8 MIT in their opening match of the day, they took the floor with intensity befitting a match against a top ten opponent. It served them well in the opening set, dominating the Engineers 25-12. They carried the momentum into the second set, again holding them under twenty, 25-17. MIT was able to rally in the third to make it very competitive, but Vassar's confident and aggressive play was not to be denied, as they would close out the sweep with a 26-24 victory. Joe Pyne had 11 kills in the victory while hitting .333, while John Konow notched 36 assists and Christian La Du 14 digs.
Against Endicott, Vassar had a strong offensive performance, notching 57 kills to the Gulls' 50 and also outhitting them .262 to .174. Caldwell led the way with 20 kills, but all the outside hitters posted double-digit kills, Colin Fearn-Johnson and Pyne putting away 10 each, Pyne's performance his fourth consecutive with ten or more. The Brewers also doubled up the host blocking numbers 12-6, Patrick Donohue totaling six block assists. Konow had another strong setting performance with 48 assists while Pyne also added a match-high18 digs, his career best.
Besides his career high 20 against Endicott, Caldwell and 21 kills in two matches on Saturday. His All-Tournament performance also included 10 digs and 5.5 blocks.