The Skidmore College volleyball team came within one match of finishing a perfect weekend Saturday, falling to New Paltz in the championship of the Skidmore Volleyball Invitational. Skidmore concluded the weekend with a 3-1 record in the Invitational after defeating Baruch in its first match of the day.
Now 25-6 for the season, the Thoroughbreds will host the Liberty League Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Williamson Sports Center. New Paltz finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record to win this year's invitational, while Baruch, Southern Vermont and Union all finished 1-3.
New Paltz posted a 3-0 win over Skidmore in the championship match, led by Elizabeth Hauser and Becca Borquist, each with 11 kills. Katy Herbst and Carrie Hack each added 16 digs for the Hawks. Marissa King totaled a match-high 42 assists. Leading the effort for Skidmore was Carolyn Bottelier with 15 digs and 10 kills. Mallory Mendelsohn chipped in 29 assists, while Sam Friedman contributed 22 digs.
The Hawks had advanced to the title match with a three-set victory over Union College.
Skidmore's Elise Finnerty tips the ball over two Baruch defenders
In its first match of the day Saturday, Skidmore recorded a 3-1 (25-14, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19) decision over Baruch. Skidmore easily took the first two games of the match, but in game three Baruch jumped out to a lead and Skidmore couldn’t come up with a final push for the win. Skidmore knotted it up at 22, but Baruch won 25-23.
In the fourth game Skidmore started strong, taking the first eight points behind the serve of Carolyn Bottelier. The lead was too much for Baruch to overcome, losing the final game 25-19.
Corinne Palmer led four players with double-digit kills, collecting 14 for Skidmore against Baruch. Mendelsohn had 14 digs to lead four Thoroughbred players with double-digit totals. Mendelsohn also added 47 assists and Palmer had five blocks.
Skidmore's Corinne Palmer with one of 14 kills
Palmer and Mendelson were named to the All-Tournament team, while Marissa King of New Paltz was named the Most Valuable Player, joining teammate Dana Vosilla on the team. Rebecca Peralta of Baruch, Danielle Healis of Southern Vermont and Marissa Vollmer of Union were also received all-tournament honors.
Swimmers Have Split Decision on Road Trip
The Skidmore College men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished a North Country trip with a split on Saturday in a meet with SUNY Potsdam. On the women's side, the Thoroughbreds notched a 185-104 win over the Bears, while the men dropped a 163-131 decision.
Catherine King and Yookee Roh came away with four wins, including three individual victories to lead the Thoroughbreds. King was part of the 200 freestyle relay and came back to win the 200 freestyle (2:05.53), 50 freestyle (25.54) and 100 butterfly (1:05.93). Roh was also on the 200 free relay and won the 100 backstroke (1:03.47), 200 backstroke (2:18.25), and 200 individual medley (2:22.96).
Kate Lambros was on the 200 free relay and won the 1000 free (11:44.56). Carrie Koch was on the winning 200 free relay and took first in the 100 freestyle (57.54), Katy Kuklewicz won the 200 fly (2:30.49) and Emil Przysinda posted a win in the 500 freestyle (5:42.29).
For the men, Jesse Adler was a winner in the 100 backstroke (57.23) and was second in the 200 backstroke (2:05.89). Robert Fulton was second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, while Logan Jones was second in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Kristen Stearns and Jacob Nathan swept the diving events for Skidmore, while Kylie Rosabal and Charlie Bullis finished second in the one meter event.
Skidmore will return to action Nov. 9 hosting a 4 p.m. meet with Oneonta.
Compiled by Saratoga Wire staff
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