No. 6 Vassar Sweeps Mt. St. Vincent

2/21/2008

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Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - The No. 6 Vassar men's volleyball team continued its dominant play in North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) play, sweeping the visiting Mt. St. Vincent Dolphins 30-15, 30-21, 30-21 to improve their record to 5-0 against league opponents. Senior co-captain Kyle Giunta gave the Brewers further reason to celebrate by becoming Vassar's all-time career digs leader.

The Brewers enter this weekend's home invitational, which features No. 1 ranked Nazareth and No. 15 Philadelphia Biblical, with a 10-5 overall record. The Dophins are now 6-10 on the season and 4-3 in NECVA play.

Vassar dominated the opening game, getting leads of 8-1 and 15-4 to open the contest. The Brewers executed a stifling defensive effort, picking up three early blocks to take control of the game. Senior Tom Pawlowski (Havertown, PA/ Haverford) was the team's offensive catalyst, picking up a pair of aces and five kills to key the Brewers' opening win.

The Brewers again took the early lead in the second game, jumping out to an 11-5 advantage. The Dolphins forced three successive Brewer attack errors to pull the score to 11-8, but could get no closer. Vassar would pick up four more blocks down the stretch to quell Mt. St. Vincent's rally.

The finale was the closest of the three games, with the teams playing to a 7-7 tie. Two quick kills from Mt. St. Vincent's Ryan Vogel (Holbrook, NY/Sachem) gave the Dolphins a lead they would hold until a service error tied the score at 17. With Pawlowski serving, the Brewers broke the tie with nine straight points to put the Brewers up for good.

Up 26-18, Giunta (Penfield, NY/Penfield) picked up his 11th dig to give him 819 for his career, one more than Jeff Bar '03. Giunta would add to his career record with one more dig en route to the victory.

Pawlowski led Vassar with 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior Ben Coleman (Brookline, MA/Brookline) shined at setter for the Brewers picking up a team high 14 assists.

Vogel paced the Dolphins with 11 kills. David Guerrero (East Meadow, NY/East Meadow) added 10 kills and 9 digs.

Article courtesy of Vassar athletics.

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