By Owen Russell
Women’s Volleyball Earns CUNYAC Title
This past week has been historic for the women’s volleyball team, as the Bulldogs secured their first CUNYAC title in nearly four decades on Friday, Nov. 5. Here’s how they got there.
On Nov. 3, the Bulldogs opened the conference tournament against the Bloodhounds from John Jay. The hounds put up little fight as Brooklyn rolled over them in three straight sets. Winning the first two sets by more than double digits each, the Bulldogs produced an impressive offensive output, including 11 aces overall. Freshman Aleah Rafat was the team’s kill leader with 9 aces.
Having surpassed John Jay, the Bulldogs met third-ranked Hunter College in the finals. Perhaps the Bulldogs’ toughest test of the season, however, was when the Hawks took Brooklyn to their limit. Back and forth the two teams traded sets. Brooklyn eked out the first, Hunter stole the second, and Brooklyn eked out another slim victory in the third only to get defeated in the fourth 25-10.
The contest came down to the final fifth set. Rallying back from their tough loss in the previous set, Brooklyn was able to secure the championship, winning the final set 15-9. Co-Captain Ashley Fung led the Bulldogs in kills, scoring 17.
Both Fung and freshman Aleah Rafat were named to the All-Tournament team while senior Ezri Shor won Tournament MVP.
Having bested the rest of the CUNYAC teams, Brooklyn advanced to the NCAA Division Three Volleyball tournament. Their first-round matchup will be Friday, Nov. 12 against NYU.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Meets Postponed
By Owen Russell
The swim and dive teams were supposed to have their first three meets of the season this past week, but unfortunately, they were all postponed.
In the preseason polls, the men’s team was ranked last among four teams, while the women’s team was ranked third out of six.
The teams will hopefully launch their seasons Monday, Nov. 15 against York College in Jamaica, Queens.