Bearcats athletics recap Sept. 24 – Oct. 10


Baruch Athletics

Dani Heba, Sports Editor

Following a two-week break, the Baruch College Bearcats resumed action in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and men’s and women’s cross-country.

Men’s soccer

Men’s soccer had an excellent few weeks, winning their last four games and getting back on the right track following some tough losses to start the season.

The Bearcats kicked off their winning spree with a dominant 4-1 win against the Saint Elizabeth University Eagles on Sept. 24.

Jemali Zarnadze led the way in the effort, scoring a team-high two goals. Jaedon Seneca and Taner Ceylan each scored a goal of their own, while goalkeeper Kellen Sela had eight saves.

The Bearcats then matched up with the Medgar Evers College Cougars on Sept. 28 for their first CUNY Athletic Conference game of the season. The team kicked off their CUNYAC game with a bang, handily defeating the Cougars, 4-1.

Zarnadze, Arman Celebi, Uthman Aboulwafa and Zyde Nawabi each scored a goal to propel Baruch to victory. Goalkeeper Jon Legasa totaled six saves.

Next up on the schedule was the Brooklyn College Bulldogs on Oct. 4, where the Bearcats had yet another dominant win, 3-0.

Nawabi, Nicholas Bilotti and Julio Ramirez each contributed a goal in the second half to lift the Bearcats past the Bulldogs, boosting the team’s winning streak. Hady Bakry played excellent defense at the goalposts, tallying 10 saves.

Finally, the Bearcats took to Randall’s Island to face the Hunter College Hawks on Oct. 8, where they achieved their fourth consecutive win, 2-0.

Celebi scored a goal in the first half to kick off the Bearcats’ winning effort, while Zarnadze followed up with another goal in the second half to close out the victory. Antony Simos recorded five saves for the day.

The Bearcats will look to extend their winning streak when they take on the City College Beavers on Oct. 12 for another CUNYAC matchup.

Women’s tennis

The Bearcats women’s tennis team continued its dominant play midway through the season, extending the team’s record to 6-1 overall, with a 2-0 record in the CUNYAC.

The team kicked off a three-game stretch with an 8-1 win on Oct. 2 against the SUNY Purchase College Panthers.

The Bearcats handily won the doubles matches 3-0, while they won the singles matches 5-1. All but one of the singles matches were easily decided in two sets.

The team then laced up for its second CUNYAC matchup against the John Jay College Bloodhounds on Oct. 6, earning a decisive 9-0 win.

Regina Kelley and Erica Sheludenko led the way in the doubles matchups, winning their matchup 8-0. Ava Deguzman and Sheludenko led the way in the singles matchups, sweeping their matchups in two sets, winning 6-0 in each one.

The team faced a tougher matchup against the Ramapo College Roadrunners on Oct. 10, but ultimately pulled away with a 6-3 win.

The Bearcats led in the doubles matchups, taking two out of the three games. But the singles matches were more competitive, seeing three games go all the way to three sets. The team ultimately won four out of the six singles matches to claim the victory.

The team looks to continue its excellent level of play on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 when it plays the Lehman College Lightning and York College Cardinals, respectively.

Women’s volleyball

The Bearcats women’s volleyball team kicked off the first of three tri-matches with games at the team’s very own ARC Arena, playing the William Paterson University Pioneers, which took a record of two hours and 41 minutes to complete, and the St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn Bears.

The Bearcats-Pioneers game saw an unbelievable comeback from the Bearcats following the team’s 2-0 deficit to start the game. Amina Muminovic led the team with 21 assists and 17 digs, while Julia Perkowski led the team with 11 kills, as the Bearcats topped off the comeback in the fifth set, 17-15.

The following game was not as thrilling, as the Bearcats handily scored a victory against the Bears, 3-0. Perkowski once again led the team with 11 kills.

The team followed up with two matchups against the Sarah Lawrence College Gryphons and the SUNY Maritime College Privateers on Oct. 1.

The Bearcats easily won both matches by a 3-1 margin. Muminovic led with 29 and 28 assists, respectively.

The team wrapped up its series of tri-matches by splitting the games at the CUNY tri-match, defeating the Lehman College Lightning 3-0 but dropping their game to the Brooklyn College Bulldogs 3-0.

The team looks to get back on track when it plays the Hunter College Hawks on Oct. 13.


The Bearcats men’s and women’s cross-country teams had a tough weekend at the DeSales Invitational on Oct. 8, with the men finishing 17th out of 20 competitors and the women finishing in last place.

Daniel Sedgh led the men, finishing in 59th place and recording a 28:17.90 finish, while seven runners on the women’s team recorded personal best times.

The teams look to get back on track at the St. Joseph’s College Invitational on Oct. 15.