Sarah Lawrence Claims Volleyball Title

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Sarah Lawrence College defeated the Culinary Institute of America, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24) to win the 2012 Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship on Sunday evening at the Culinary Institute Student Recreation Center.

The No. 2 seed Gryphons earned a spot in their first championship game since 2008, notching a straight set triumph over Medgar Evers College in the quarterfinals and a 3-1 victory over the College of New Rochelle in the semifinals, their only blemish in the tournament.

Tournament host and defending champion Culinary advanced to their second straight title game in as many years since joining the league, defeating Pratt in the quarterfinals and top-seeded St. Joseph’s in the semifinals, both in four-set affairs.

Sophomore right side hitter Kitty O’Sullivan led Sarah Lawrence and earned Tournament MVP honors after posting a tournament-leading 39 kills and .294 hitting percentage. In the championship game, O’Sullivan put away a match-high 16 kills to go along with an ace and two assisted blocks.

Head coach Krishna Dass was named Coach of the Year, leading the Gryphons to their first volleyball championship in school history, and finishing with a 18-13 mark.

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2012 HVWAC Volleyball Championships

Tournament Recaps
Tournament Leaders 


#2 Sarah Lawrence def. #7 Medgar Evers, 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-13)
#3 New Rochelle def. #6 Yeshiva, 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-13, 25-13)
#4 Culinary def. #5 Pratt, 3-1 (14-25,  25-14, 25-15, 25-21)


#4 Culinary def. #1 St. Joseph's, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25)
#2 Sarah Lawrence def. #3 New Rochelle, 3-1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17


#2 Sarah Lawrence def. #4 Culinary, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24)

Tournament MVP

Kitty O'Sullivan, Sarah Lawrence - So. - Right Side Hitter 

Tournament Champions

Sarah Lawrence College

Regular Season Champions

St. Joseph's College


2012 All-Conference Team

Molly Busk Sarah Lawrence Fr. L Corbett, OR
Laura Cipolletti Culinary Sr. OH Beckly, VA
Lauren GaNun St. Joseph's Fr. MH Breezy Point, NY
Shira Genauer Yeshiva Jr. OPP Seattle, WA
Carchande Catheline Joseph Medgar Evers Sr. MH Brooklyn, NY
Meghan King New Rochelle So. OH New City, NY
Kim Matthews * St. Joseph's Sr. OH Breezy Point, NY
Kristin McGinn Culinary So. S/OPP Hackettstown, NJ
Kitty O'Sullivan Sarah Lawrence So. RS Los Angeles, CA
Deniz Ozguven Pratt Jr. OH Ankara, Turkey
Nicole Rios St. Joseph's So. OH Astoria, NY
Dalila Rosado New Rochelle Sr. OH Vega Baja, PR
Zoe Spanbroek Sarah Lawrence Fr. OH Boca Raton, FL

* Denotes 2011 All-Conference Team selection

2012 Coach of the Year

Krishna Dass, Sarah Lawrence