Sports update: Highlighting basketball, volleyball and track and field

Photo from Fisher Athletics
Photo from Fisher Athletics

By Nicholas Klein and Sammy Robinson, Staff Writers 

Women’s basketball makes another win

Make that 17 wins in the last 18 for the women’s basketball team. The team defeated Sage College in Albany on Feb. 17, which moved the team to a 20-5 record and a 15-1 standing in the final Empire 8 Conference game. The Gators fell to 18-6 overall and 12-3 in the Empire 8.

After a slow start to the game between the first and second place teams in conference, Fisher couldn’t find its groove in the first 20 minutes of the contest. At the half, Fisher only scored 20 points but defense was key as it held Sage to just 22.

After it came out of the locker room, Fisher caught fire. It came out on a 21-4 run to comfortably be in front. As a team, Fisher would eventually score a total of 30 points just in the third quarter alone. With a commanding lead of 50-30 heading into the fourth quarter, Fisher wasn’t done. Senior Caroline Robertson continued to show her game and scored a game high 20 points on 9-15 shooting. The senior also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Fisher’s lead would increase to 24 points in the fourth quarter after two shots from Nicole Robinson at the charity stripe made it 56-32. The advantage continued for Fisher as the Cardinals continued to roll down the stretch, heading for the 19-point win.

Robinson had an impressive game adding 18 points for her own, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Freshman Sydney Masna added seven points in just 17 minutes while junior guard Erin Hulbert chipped in six points, five boards and five assists.

With the win, the Cardinals finished off the regular season with a 20-5 record overall and a 15-1 record in conference play. The Cardinals have time to prepare for the Empire 8 conference tournament that will be at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 in Manning and Napier Varsity Gymnasium.

Fisher, with the top seed, will battle the fourth seed Houghton College while No. 2 Sage will play No. 3 Stevens Institute of Technology at 6 p.m. The winner of each semifinal will play at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 on Bobby Wanzer Court with a spot in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship on the line.

Men’s volleyball saw a loss and a win

The Men’s Volleyball team split the weekend 2-2 after matches with Lasell, Medaille, Wells and Cal Lutheran in the Golden Flyer Invitational.

They opened against Lasell and the team would win the first two sets but fall short in the third. They would clinch the match in the fourth set and take home the victory. Paul Hackford contributed 38 assists on the game.

The Cardinals would then go on to sweep Medaille in the second match of the day and get a huge game from Ben De La Cruz with 15 kills on 31 attempts.

On the second day of the tournament, in their match against Wells, the Cardinals dropped the first, third and fourth sets but got a strong effort in the match from Kevin Cahil, Kennedy, and De La Cruz with 32 kills total.

Against Cal Lutheran, the Cardinals would lose four straight close sets, but again were led by De La Cruz with eight kills. Paul Hackford led the squad with 18 assists on the game and on the defensive side, Matt Broderick and Mike Strumpfler had three blocks each.

When the day was over, Paul Hackford was named to the All-Tournament Team for his weekend performance.

Men’s track and field creates Fisher history 

On Feb. 14, the men’s track and field jumped a spot, breaking the top ten in the latest National Poll. This is the first time in the program’s history that this has been accomplished. The team currently sits at 71.88 total points which is just .61 behind the ninth spot.

On Feb. 17, they would finish fifth overall at the Golden Eagle Invite. The day ended with multiple standout performances.

Ryan McQuillen ran his fastest 60-meter dash of the season at 7.13 seconds and finished third overall in the meet. Eddie Mahana took seventh in the 200-meter dash. Silas Wade and Zak Kennedy took the 15th and 20th spots of 35 total runners in the 400-meter dash. James Felice took second place in the 800-meter dash with a time of 1:57.53. Freshman Kyle Rollins took first in the high jump, jumping a 2.06 meter mark, a full 0.15 meters in the front of the second place finisher.

Women’s track and field finishes in the top ten

The women’s track and field team took the tenth place finish at the Golden Eagle Invite.

Tayler Dence started out the day by running a 7.98 60-meter dash in the preliminary round, good enough to qualify in the event for the Atlantic Regional meet. Dence would later opt out of the final race in the event to prepare for the 400-meter dash. In the 400-meter event, she finished at 1:01.20.

Amelia Perry finished 14th overall in the 60-meter hurdles and Grace Windschitl took 30th in the 200. In the 800-meter dash, Brenna Lyons finished ninth with a time of 2:29.02 and McKayla Crawford finished 13th.

In the field events, Hailey Burst finished tenth in the high jump with a leap of 1.49 meters. Leah Hulbert threw a 13.34 in the weighted throw and Karlee Strong took seventh in the shot put.

Fisher returns to the track on Feb. 24 as the team is set to compete in the Empire 8 Championship, hosted by the Highlanders of Houghton College.

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