Bearcats sports weekly recap


Dani Heba, Sports Editor

The Baruch College Bearcats were back in action this week, with women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross-country all playing.

It was a week with mixed results, but ultimately, the Bearcats seem to be headed in the right direction.

Women’s tennis

Women’s tennis went 1-1 in this week’s matchups, losing 5-4 in a close matchup versus the SUNY Farmingdale State College Rams on Sept. 15, but bouncing back with a 9-0 win versus the Sarah Lawrence College Gryphons on Sept. 18.

The Bearcats could not get it done in doubles matchups versus the Rams, going down 2-1. Ava Deguzman and Esther Benjamin claimed the Bearcats’ sole doubles win, 8-3.

The Bearcats proceeded to tie the singles matchups 3-3, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit in doubles matchups, leading to the Bearcats’ heartbreaking loss.

Deguzman, Benjamin and Regina Kelley each won their singles matchups. Erica Sheludenko fought hard in her matchup, taking it to three sets, but ultimately could not pull out the win in the final set.

The Bearcats, however, bounced back against the Gryphons with a 9-0 shutout, taking the doubles matchups 3-0 and the singles matchups 6-0.

Alejandra Cardenas completely shut out her singles opponent, winning two sets by a 6-0 score in each.

Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team was busy this week, playing five games and winning four of them.

The Bearcats started their week off against the St. Joseph’s College of Long Island Golden Eagles on Sept. 13, where they won 3-1.

The game was close despite the lopsided score, as each set finished with a margin of victory of four points or fewer.

The Bearcats were ultimately able to pull out a win in every set but the first, giving them the edge over the Golden Eagles.

Julia Perkowski led the team in kills with nine, while Amina Muminovic led the team with 20 assists and Mariely Tavares led the team in blocks with five.

The Bearcats proceeded to face off against the York College Cardinals, their first CUNY Athletic Conference matchup of the year, on Sept. 15, beating the Cardinals 3-0.

It was complete dominance for the Bearcats, winning the first set by 19 points, the second by 15 and the third by 21.

The Bearcats dominated in almost every major category, outpacing the Cardinals in kills 21-3, aces 23-1, blocks 1-0 and assists 20-2.

Following this blowout, the Bearcats played at the Mount Saint Mary’s College Invitational on Sept. 17, where they split their games 1-1.

The Bearcats opened the Saturday doubleheader with a tough loss to the Mount Saint Mary’s Knights, 3-1.

The first set saw the Bearcats jump out to a 25-13 win. But the Bearcats lost all the subsequent sets. The team kept it close though, as the remaining sets were all lost by a margin of five points or fewer. The effort, however, was not enough to beat the Knights.

Perkowski led the Bearcats in kills with 13, Taveras led in blocks with two and Muminovic led in assists with 33.

The second half of the doubleheader told a different story, as the Bearcats blew out the Delaware Valley University Aggies, 3-0.

The first set was close and went to overtime, but the Bearcats pulled through with a 29-27 victory. But the next two set were blowouts, as the Bearcats won 25-15 and 25-13, respectively.

Sarah Chung led the team in kills with 13, Taveras led in blocks with three and Muminovic led in assists with 26.

To cap off the weekend, the Bearcats dominated the Yeshiva University Maccabees, 3-0, on Sept. 18.

Taveras led the team in kills with seven and Fernanda Zamora led the team in assists with 15.

Men’s soccer

The Bearcats men’s soccer team struggled this week, losing both of their games.

The first game saw the Bearcats lose to the Farmingdale Rams, 4-0, on Sept. 14.

It did not get much better for the Bearcats when they played the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Sept. 17, as the team lost 3-1.

John Ananoria was able to score a goal in the 74th minute to at least put the Bearcats on the scoreboard.

The Bearcats will look to get back to winning on Sept. 24, when they play the St. Elizabeth University Eagles.


The men’s and women’s teams were invited to the New Paltz invitational on Sept. 16. The men’s team came in second place, just a week after placing in second at the SUNY Purchase College Invitational, while the women’s team improved to fifth after earning eighth place last week.

Jose Perez, Riley Walz and Joshua Joyner led the way for the men’s team, recording times of 29:47.1, 33:31.1 and 32:34.6, respectively.

For the women, Julia Cuttone, Jillian Quinn and Amy Francisco led the way, posting times of 35:13.3, 36:02.9 and 36:52.0, respectively.