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CUNYAC names volleyball All-Stars, men’s basketball defeats St. Joseph’s

Baruch’s women’s volleyball team was defeated by the Hunter Hawks in the semifinal game of the CUNY Athletic Conference playoffs, which ended the season for the Bearcats. Three players from Baruch were recognized for their outstanding play this past season. Freshman setter and opposite Katherine Chen and sophomore middle blocker and hitter Yijia “Viola” Cai were voted onto the Second Team Conference All-Stars. Chen impressed in her freshman season, leading the team with 396 assists — which is 3.84 per set — coming in second on the team with 163 kills and also finishing the season with 1.77 digs per set. She was also named CUNYAC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 25. Cai averaged 1.53 kills per set and had a total of 37 blocks during the season. Sophomore opposite Yeaslie Velasco, who is also vice president of internal affairs for the Baruch Student Athlete Advisory Committee, was named to the CUNYAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Baruch’s women’s tennis team ended its season in the semifinal match of the CUNYAC Tournament, losing to Brooklyn College. The team had three women receive awards for their great performances this past year, two of them voted to the First Team Conference All-Stars. These two were sophomore Sharada Tangirala and senior Hayley Bester. When they teamed up, they were a dominant 12-1 in doubles. Junior Grace Graham was voted onto the All-Star Second Team and the All-Sportsmanship Team. She finished the year going 11-3 in singles, with seven wins
in doubles.

The Baruch men’s basketball team hosted the St. Joseph’s College Bears in an exhibition game to raise money for hurricane relief after the horrific damage caused by the multiple hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and the Caribbean islands. Baruch is only allowed to have one preseason game before its regular season starts but the NCAA allowed many schools across Divisions I to III to play an extra game to raise money. Baruch and St. Joseph’s were able to
raise $367.

Baruch was able to dominate the entirety of the game winning 72-43, even while having Division III All-American senior Chimaechi Ekekeugbor not play during the game. Junior William Sixsmith led Baruch with 11 points, shooting 3-pointers three times, and both junior Andre Harris and sophomore Allen Villar added 10 points.

November 20, 2017

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