Weekly Sports Update: Feb. 21 to Feb. 26


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Stern freshman Adam Lee exemplifies his skills as the outside hitter by getting 10 kills during NYU’s game against New Jersey City University on Feb. 22. In the end, the Violets demolished New Jersey City 3-0.

By Nika Woodfill, Deputy Sports Editor

Tennis M: (1,0) W: (2,0)

Both tennis teams opened their seasons with strong wins this week, with the men’s team gaining a 6-3 victory over Haverford College in its first season match-up and the women’s team defeating Swarthmore College 7-2 on Saturday for its second league win.

The men’s performance was bolstered by strong records from sophomore Benedict Teoh (6-2, 6-1) and senior Umberto Setter (6-2, 6-0).

The women’s similarly strong performance on Saturday was maintained by freshman Rupa Ganesh (6-2, 7-6) and sophomore Alice McGinty (7-5, 6-2) who each won their matches in both singles and doubles.

Both teams will travel to Skidmore College for their next match-up on Saturday, March 4.

Basketball M: (7-18, 2-12), W: (13-12, 3-11)

The basketball teams closed their seasons with disappointing losses to Brandeis University, with the women’s team falling 50-47 and the men’s team losing 86-80 on Saturday.

The women’s team gained an early lead that was quickly overtaken by Brandeis. Brandeis maintained the lead until the third quarter when senior Simone Jacques’ point brought the score to 34-33. However, the Violets failed to secure an advantage and fell behind in the final quarter.

Despite the men’s team’s close final score, Brandeis managed to preserve its lead for the entirety of the game, undeterred by strong efforts from the Violets.

Fencing M: (18-8) W: (13-14)

The Violets had mixed results against Stevens Institute of Technology on Tuesday. While the men’s team secured a solid 20-7 win, the women’s team fell 17-10.

The women lost 5-4 in both sabre and epee, and continued their losing streak with a 7-2 fall in foil. Despite the final loss, junior Stephanie Cunningham achieved a notable 3-0 result in epee.

The men won a strong night with an 8-1 sweep in sabre and two 6-3 victories in both foil and epee.

Track and Field 

The Track and Field team had a strong first day of the UAA Indoor Championships, with the men’s team acquiring fourth place and the women’s team sixth place on Saturday.

The Violets’ solid start to the championship was aided by sophomore William Lee who won the high jump, and freshman Fatimat Ayinde who took fourth in 55-meter hurdles.

Wrestling (18, 4)

The Violets competed in the NCAA Division III East Region Championships this weekend and finished second overall.

The team had four athletes qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships next month, with freshman champion Blaise Benderoth leading the group.

Men’s Volleyball (9, 3)

The men’s volleyball team swept New Jersey City University in three straight sets (25-23, 25-18, 25-15) on Wednesday.

This was the Violets’ fourth consecutive win, and they look to continue their streak against Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, March 1.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 27 print edition.

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