BC Sports Recap (Oct. 23 – Oct. 30)

Graduating women's volleyball players./BC Athletics

Women’s Tennis Falls In CUNYAC Semifinals

By Owen Russell

   The women’s tennis team closed out its season this past week after being ousted from the CUNYAC Championship Semifinals.

   Brooklyn matched up with Baruch on Oct. 25 with a spot in the CUNYAC Championship on the line. In the two teams’ previous encounter this season, Brooklyn suffered a 0-9 loss. Tuesday’s semifinal match was much of the same. The Bulldogs failed to capture a single victory on their way to a 0-5 defeat. The Bearcats were able to clinch victory before most of the singles matches were finished. They did so by dominating the doubles sets. Brooklyn’s title dreams were dashed, but they still possessed the opportunity to finish their season strong.

   On Oct. 28, Brooklyn played a makeup conference match against York College. The match had been postponed since Sept. 15. In the non-tournament match, Brooklyn rebounded well. The Bulldogs trounced the Cardinals, winning 8-1. Sophomore Monica Prado-Capon helped put away the Cardinals with an impressive #1 Singles and #1 Doubles victory with junior Veronika Tsiko. 

   Brooklyn may not have found postseason success, but they were able to end the fall season on a high note. Interestingly enough, Bulldogs fans don’t have to wait until next fall for the tennis team’s next match. The women’s tennis team will play a special spring match against the Pratt Institute on Apr. 7. 


Men’s Cross Country Finishes Season

By Owen Russell

   The men’s cross country team raced their last meet of the season on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, NY. 

   Brooklyn finished eighth out of nine teams on Halloween Eve. The Bulldogs managed to beat Hostos Community College, but could not top any other team. Though it may not have been the strongest team performance, Brooklyn managed to boast one top 20 finish. Sophomore Azizjon Shrifov placed 19th overall, with a time of 33:11 on the hilly 8K course. Hunter College won the meet in dominant fashion, putting five runners in the top 10.

   The Bulldogs will look to improve next season, and hopefully place higher at next year’s CUNYAC Championship.


Women’s Cross Country Runs Final Meet

By Owen Russell

   The women’s cross country ended their season placing sixth out of eight teams this past Sunday at the CUNYAC Championship. 

   The Bulldogs ran well, topping both Queensborough Community College and Lehman College. For Brooklyn, sophomore Skyi Velasco finished first. Velasco ran 34:51 for 6K, placing 21st overall. Behind Velasco, sophomore Fatima Aftab and freshman Lori Tsang, finished 33rd and 34th respectively.

   For now, the Bulldogs retire for the winter. The women’s cross country team will be back in 2023.

Women’s Volleyball Ends Regular Season 

By Owen Russell

   The women’s volleyball team could not have ended the regular season on a higher note. The Bulldogs won both of their matches this past week in authoritative fashion.

   Brooklyn’s first win of the week came on Oct. 25 against the Beavers from CCNY. The Bulldogs turned the Beavers into roadkill, plowing through them on their way to a 3-0 sweep. Sophomore Tessa Winkleman helped shoulder the load, tallying 13 kills. Aleah Rafat and Ashley Fung added eight kills apiece, helping trounce CCNY.

   After Brooklyn washed the Beavers, the Bulldogs played their last game of the season on Oct. 27. The Bulldogs hosted the Pratt Institute for what would end up being a close three-game sweep. On paper it looks like Brooklyn made quick work of Cannoneers, but the three sets were all decided by single digits. Brooklyn won the first set 25-22, the second 25-19, and the third 25-21. To help push Brooklyn over the edge, Aleah Rafat, Ashley Fung, and Tessa Winkleman all totaled over 10 kills each. Rafat also added six aces, helping finish off Pratt.

   Brooklyn now rolls into the postseason. They hope to repeat as champions, but will have to first win their opening round match. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the John Jay (ranked #3) versus Lehman (ranked #6) matchup on Nov. 3. 

Men’s Soccer Loses Final Game

By Avi Wizwer

   The Brooklyn College men’s soccer team took on Hunter College in the CUNYAC Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Despite the Bulldogs’ efforts, they came up short, falling 3-1 in their final game of the season. Brooklyn struggled to contain a potent Hunter offense, allowing three unanswered goals. Before the game concluded, Brooklyn tacked on a goal of their own to avoid the shutout. Danny Torrentes picked up Brooklyn’s only point. The Bulldogs finish their season with an overall record of 2-12-2. Hunter College improves to 7-6-1. Hunter College will take on No.2 ranked Lehman College on Saturday as the CUNYAC tournament continues. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, they have reached the end of the line. The Bulldogs will play their next game in fall 2023.


Women’s Soccer Falls To CCNY

By Avi Wizwer

   The Brooklyn College women’s soccer team took on CCNY in a CUNYAC Tournament game on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Bulldogs ended up falling short 4-0 in a very hard-fought contest. CCNY opened the scoring early, knocking their first goal within the first three minutes. From there, they added three more en route to the shutout. Entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed, the Bulldogs ended their season with an overall record of 2-13. No. 2 seeded CCNY improves to 8-2-1 and advances to the CUNYAC championship next Saturday against No.1 Seed John Jay. Brooklyn will have to wait until 2023 to play next.

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