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Joe Timmes scraped NYU to a one-point victory on Sunday.

Joe Timmes scraped NYU to a one-point victory on Sunday.

Via gonyuathletics.com

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Joe Timmes scraped NYU to a one-point victory on Sunday.

By Nika Woodfill, Deputy Sports Editor

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As the semester picked up, so did the Violets, with most teams picking up victories in their recent matches.

Women’s Basketball (12-8, 2-7)

After a string of recent losses, the women’s basketball team gained its first official UAA win this season, upsetting first place University of Rochester 64-61 on Friday. The team continued its success yesterday with a 67-61 defeat against Emory University.

The team fell behind Rochester in the first quarter of the match despite early scoring momentum initiated by junior Kayla Patterson. The Violets regrouped to gain a slim three-point lead at halftime, maintaining their dominance until the final quarter. After a series of late free throws by senior captains Amy Harioka and Lindsey Oldshue, the Violets secured the lead once more, ensuring the squad a narrow victory.

The Violets delivered a similarly nail-biting performance Sunday in their close win against Emory, clinching their second straight UAA victory of the season. Harioka led the Violets’ score sheet with a total of 23 points during the game.

The team’s next matchup will be against Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Feb. 10.

Men’s Basketball (7-12, 2-7)

The men’s basketball team delivered a much needed 80-79 victory over Emory on Sunday, following a painful 101-58 defeat against Rochester on Friday.

Friday’s game commenced with an early five-point advantage for Rochester. The Violets failed to recover, and by the end of the first half Rochester took a lofty 27-point lead. Rochester maintained their advantage throughout the remaining half leading to a high point victory against the Violets. The match was marked by turnovers and aggressive play from Rochester.

Despite the heavy loss, the Violets redeemed themselves on Sunday in a dramatic win over Emory. The game featured fast-paced play and eight lead changes just in the first half. By the end of fourth quarter, the teams had reached a 77-77 standstill, with senior John Timmes securing victory with a game-winning three-pointer in the last 30 seconds.

The Violets will return to the court against Stevens Institute of Technology on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Men’s Volleyball (4-2)

The men’s volleyball team had a disappointing weekend, falling to both Vassar College and Kean University in three sets.

The team’s defeat against Vassar on Friday was marked by three consecutive heavy losses (25-11, 25-13, 25-15) and defensive failures. Despite the disheartening final tally for the Violets, a notable performance was delivered by freshman Alex Li, who completed six straight kills.

The following loss against Kean on Saturday resulted in a similar score board, with Kean winning three straight sets (25-20, 32-30, 25-17). The first set had a promising start with strong efforts from both teams resulting in a 18-18 tie. However, Kean managed to usurp the lead, winning the first set and providing momentum for an overall victory.

The team’s next game will be against Bard College on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Wrestling (15-4)

The wrestling team had a successful tournament weekend with a trio of key dual victories over United States Coast Guard Academy (27-9), Bridgewater State University (45-6) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (37-9).

The Violets’ exceptional performance was bolstered by seniors Nathan Pike and John Messinger, freshman Sean Lyons and junior Raymond Jazikoff, who each won all three of their rounds.

The squad will perform again at the UAA Championships on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Fencing (Women’s 11-10, Men’s 12-7)

The women’s fencing team had a week of mixed results against formidable foes, coming out on top against Tufts, Haverford and Brandeis, but falling to Harvard and MIT.

The men’s team also lost to Harvard on Saturday but redeemed themselves with three wins Sunday against Haverford, MIT and Brandeis.

Both teams will compete in the upcoming US Junior Olympic Championships this weekend leading into the following week.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 6 print edition. Email Nika Woodfill at [email protected]

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