Women's volleyball and men's soccer continue strong starts
The Baruch College Bearcats women’s volleyball team was victorious in their season opener against the SUNY Farmingdale Rams. As a team, the Bearcats totaled 33 kills and 8 aces.
The team was led by Anita Sengara, who totaled an impressive 16 kills, 2 aces and 1 block. Sanaa Hadjeb assisted her teammates 31 times. Captain Stella Chung totaled 7 kills in the sweep against the Rams.
Despite the dominant score-line, sets one and two were decided by a combined total of 5 points.
The next matchup, on Sept. 7, featured the Bearcats against the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders. The Bearcats fell to the Raiders, by a score of three sets to zero.
The Bearcats were thoroughly outplayed, and despite 15 kills from Sengara and 15 assists from Hadjeb, that was not enough to keep the Bearcats afloat.
However, in their second matchup of the afternoon the Bearcats disposed of SUNY Maritime with ease.
The score, also three sets to zero, but in the Bearcats’ favor, featured 13 kills from Sengara, and 10 from Chung.
Maritime had no answer for Katherine Chen’s serves, as she recorded an impressive 6 aces in the match.
Hadjeb racked up a plethora of assists, totaling 24, and another 11 digs.
The team kept their momentum going, as they travelled to face SUNY Old Westbury on Sept. 10, wehre they won three sets to none.
The men’s soccer team gained momentum in their second half matchup again St. Joseph’s Brooklyn on Sept. 4, to record a 4-2 win.
CUNYAC preseason MVP Shaiem Allah Morad scored twice and tallied an assist to secure the victory.
Ricardo Llanos notched the first goal for the Bearcats, finding space in the penalty box and converting his chance to put the Bearcats up, 1-0.
Morad added in the 51st minute, as well as Erik Pinsky Streinger in the 65th minute.
Morad converted his second goal of the day in the 82nd minute, with the chance materializing because of a beautiful through ball, played by midfielder Frank Iacovano.
As a team, the Bearcats were dynamic on offense, totaling 21 shots, 10 of which were on goal. To contrast, the Saint Joseph Hawks totaled a mere 8 shots for the entire match.
The team also played very undisciplined and recklessly, totaling an astounding 10 fouls and 11 offsides.
On Sept. 7, the Bearcats were defeated by The Sage Colleges by a score of 2-1.
The Bearcats fell behind in the 12th minute, and despite a Michael Grald equalizer in the 31st minute, they could not recover from a second-half goal by Sage.
In this match, the Bearcats mustered just 10 shot attempts, compared to the 19 by Sage.
The next day, the Bearcats played Sage in a rematch and were unable to counter Sage’s offense, despite scoring 3 goals.
By the 27th minute, the Bearcats were leading 2-0, and a mere 10 minutes later they found themselves down 3-2.
Cormac Foley found the back of the net in the 48th minute, assisted by Jaedon Seneca to tie the game.
It was in vain though, as the Sage Saxons scored the eventual game-winner in the 76th minute.
The match was highly competitive and scrappy, as the two teams totaled 26 fouls.