Men's basketball falls to Providence, women's volleyball falls in semifinal

The Baruch College men’s basketball team traveled to Providence College to face the Friars in an exhibition game, losing 87-53. This was a friendly match before Baruch’s regular season opens up against Kean University on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This is the fifth year in a row that the Bearcats have started their season against a top-tier Division I basketball program. The Friars are hoping that this season will be a greater success, after losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 75-71 to the University of Southern California Trojans. The Bearcats are looking to advance further in the CUNY Athletic Conference tournament after losing to the College of Staten Island Dolphins 71-54 in the semi-final game. The Friars were able to dominate the entirety of their matchup with Baruch. After the first half, the Bearcats were down 41-24, and Providence did not slow down in the second half, dominating 46-29. Baruch’s scoring was led by Bryler Paige with 14 points in 29 minutes, and Division III Pre-Season All-American Chimaechi Ekekeugbor, who had 13 points in 34 minutes. Ekekeugbor also led the team with 3 assists and 13 rebounds, with 2 of them being offensive.

The Bearcats offense was almost non-existent, shooting 15-55 from the field at 27.3 percent, with 7-25 from 3-point range at 28 percent.

For Providence, guard Alpha Diallo shot 9-18, throwing 3-point baskets twice, scoring 22 points and leading his team with 13 rebounds.

Makai Ashton-Langford came off the bench with 14 points and 7 rebounds.

This game was Providence’s last preseason game before the team starts its season against the University of Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 10.

On Oct. 31, the Baruch women’s volleyball team played at home against the College of Staten Island Dolphins in their CUNYAC tournament quarterfinal game. They defeated the Dolphins in a straight 3-0 sweep.

The Bearcats were able to dominate the Dolphins 25-12, 25-17 and 25-17, advancing them to the semifinal game against Hunter College.

Freshman setter and opposite Katherine Chen led Baruch with 11 kills, 8 aces, 2 blocks and contributed to the team with 16 assists. Freshman libero Danielle Naggar led the team with 15 digs.

The Dolphins’ Teresa Maresca led the team with 7 kills and 2 blocks, while Vanessa Reyes had 2 aces and Caitlin Esposito had 13 digs. This loss marks the start of Staten Island’s season.

Baruch hopes to ride this dominating win into their game against the Hunter Hawks.

On Nov. 3, the Baruch women’s volleyball team faced off at Hunter College in the CUNYAC semifinal, where they lost in three sets to the Hunter Hawks.

Baruch lost 25-13, 25-14 and 25-20 in their season finale game. Chen had 7 assists, 7 digs and 4 kills, while the freshman outside Stella Chung had 12 digs and 5 digs. Freshman libero Wai Chang led the Bearcats with 13 digs.

Hunter’s Emily Wasson and Taylor Haiduk both had 11 kills in their victory. Miranda Hogan had an outstanding game with 40 assists, 4 assists and added 11 digs.

Hunter’s next game is against John Jay College for the CUNYAC championship, and with a win, the team would advance into the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Baruch hopes that its young team will only get better from its past season.