4 Bearcats voted as CUNYAC All-Stars (400)


Tony Correa | Cuny Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

Following the conclusion of the men’s volleyball regular season, the CUNY Athletic Conference announced several award winners.

Baruch College had the most first-team selections of all CUNYAC schools, while tying with Hunter College for overall All-Star selections.

Stallone Shankar, Jack Centeno and Akil Vaughn were voted to the CUNYAC All-Star First Team while Haoxin Hu was voted to the All-Star Second Team. Justin Iloulian was voted to the CUNYAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Before the 2021-2022 season, his final year as a Baruch College Bearcat, Shankar was voted Preseason Player of the Year, Conference Player of the Week three times and had 507 assists during the regular season. His 41 assists against the John Jay College Bloodhounds were the most of any regular season match.

He also recorded a year-high 12 digs in a match against the Hunter College Hawks.

He had the third highest assist -to-start average in the conference with 6.67 assists, behind City College’s Jeffrey Celis with 8.88 assists-to-start, and Hunter College’s Cooper Moran with 8.02 assists-to-start.

Centeno was voted conference Rookie of the Week twice this season.

He was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Arcadia Invitational early in the season after recording a regular-season high 15 kills against Arcadia University Knights. He had a similar performance leading Baruch to a victory over rival Hunter in the Battle of Lexington.

Centeno had the second-most kills in the conference with 199, behind City College’s Xhulio Myftari with 305 kills.

Vaughn had the highest hitting percentage in the conference at .327%, ahead of Hunter’s Sherrod Cole at .307%. He also had the fourth-most blocks with 45. His highest number of blocks also happened against Hunter, where he had six blocks.

Hu recorded 14 kills, his most of the season, against John Jay. He also had a season-high six digs in a match versus the Brooklyn College Bulldogs.

One of Iloulian’s best performances of the year was against Wells College Express. He had four digs along with seven kills.

Myftari was awarded Player of the Year for the second time in his collegiate career after recording double-digit kills in all but one match this season.

Hunter’s Chris Scandole was voted Libero of the Year and Hunter’s head coach of men’s volleyball Chris Schortgen was voted Coach of the Year after the team secured their fifth-consecutive regular-season championship.

Lehman College’s Ray Rodriguez was awarded Rookie of the Year, the first time a Lehman player won the honor.

Brooklyn’s Brian Folk was selected for the Sportsmanship.