This Week In Tufts Athletics: September 16 - 22

Volleyball at Wesleyan

Saturday, September 21st at 2 pm 
What you need to know: The volleyball team is off to a hot start, with a 7-0 record so far this season and a second-place finish, only behind No. 20 Babson, at this weekend’s MIT Invitational.  The Jumbos are 21-5 in sets won this season so far, and will look to keep that going as they head into their first conference weekend.  They open up NESCAC play on Friday night at Connecticut College and then head over to Wesleyan for a 2 pm match-up with the No. 16 ranked Cardinals. Wesleyan is 6-0 so far this season, and they haven’t dropped a set yet this year.  The Cardinals fell in the NESCAC Semifinals last season, but went on to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and won an NCAA Regional before falling, 3-2, to Juniata in the NCAA Quarterfinal.  Senior Mia Hogan is leading the Cardinal offense, averaging 3.17 kills per set and classmate Nicole Hilton is helping with 2.89 kills per set and 1.22 blocks per set, the second-best blocks per set mark in the conference. Junior Phia Bellizzi had anchored the defense, averaging 5.59 digs per set, which is also the second best in the conference. On the Jumbos end senior Maddie Stewart was named the NESCAC Player of the Week during the first week of the season, and classmate Brigid Bell picked up the honor for her play this past week.  Stewart is averaging 2.96 kills per set while Bell is helping with 2.68 kills per set and 2.60 digs per set.  Sophomore Cate Desler is also turning in 2.96 kills per set and 2.08 digs per set.  Defensively, junior Sophia Acker is averaging 3.60 digs per set while freshman Stephanie Lee had a great weekend at MIT earning All-Tournament Team honors while averaging 3.08 digs per set.   Last year when the two teams played in the regular season the Jumbos fell in five sets, 3-2.


Football at Williams  

Saturday, September 21st at 1:30 pm
What you need to know:  After starting their season by knocking-off three-time defending conference champion Trinity, the football team will hit the road this weekend for another big test with a 1:30 pm game at Williams on Saturday.  The Jumbos won, 28-21, when the two teams played last year.  The Jumbos went on to finish third in the conference with a 7-2 mark, while the Ephs finished the season 5-4 and tied for fourth place with Middlebury and Wesleyan.  The Ephs fell to Middlebury, 17-13, in their first game of the year last week.  Middlebury scored a touchdown with 29.6 seconds remaining to sneak away with the 17-13 win.  Eph quarterback Bobby Maimaron passed for 205 yards this past week and wide receiver Frank Stola caught six passes for 151 yard and two touch downs.  Defensively the Ephs were led by TJ Rothmann’s 13 tackles.  The Jumbo and Eph defense both gave up comparable yardage in week one, but the Jumbo defense added two interceptions and six sacks.  The Jumbos will look to start the season 2-0 for the second straight year and the fifth of the last six with a win in Williamstown this weekend.


Gillian Roeca, Sophomore, Field Hockey 

The No. 3 Tufts field hockey team won their first three games of the season and sophomore Gillian Roeca has been a big part of that.  In a 2-1 win over No. 20 Endicott She scored the game winner with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. In the Jumbos next game, on Sunday against No. 14 Rochester, she opened up scoring with a goal just 4:13 into play to give the Jumbos an early lead.  They would go on to win 3-1.  Roeca’s two goals are tied for the team lead, and even though its early, the offense seems to be getting going.  With a midweek contest against local rival MIT and another weekend NESCAC match at home on Saturday, watch for Roeca to continue to lead the Jumbo offense this week.




The football team picked up a huge win over three-time defending NESCAC Champion Trinity this past weekend.  On the Bantam’s final possession with 44 seconds left in the fourth and no timeouts, Jordan Vazzano completed a 34-yard pass to Koby Schofer down to the Jumbo nine.  On a second a goal play, junior John DeLuca chased Vazzano down for a sack that ran out the clock for the Jumbo win.  Its our play of the week, watch it here:

Jovan Nenadovic, Sophomore, Football 

Sophomore defensive end Jovan Nenadovic helped the Tufts football team’s defense come away with a great performance in the Jumbos 14-8 victory over Trinity College on Saturday.   Nenadovic had three sacks and five tackles for losses totaling 15 yards among his nine stops overall in the game.  His TFL when Trinity went for it on fourth down and one from the Jumbo 30 in the fourth quarter helped preserve the victory.  He had 1.5 of his sacks and 2.5 of his TFL’s in the fourth quarter when the defense held the 14-8 lead.  He finished the game with nine total tackles.



Talia Toland, Junior, Women’s Sailing 

Women’s sailing junior Talia Toland won the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Single-handed Championship this past weekend.  The win advances Toland to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Single-handed Nationals coming up November 9-10 in Santa Barbara, California.  Racing on Saturday and Sunday for the New England title, Toland led after Saturday’s seven races.  She finished nine points ahead of the second-place finisher in an 11-woman field.  Toland was the runner-up at this event as a freshman, and finished seventh last year.  She went to Nationals as a freshman and placed 12th.