By Jillian Vandiveer
Published: March 4, 2015
The weekend ended in disappointment for the Brooklyn College Men’s Volleyball team, which took on the State University of New York at New Paltz and hosts Cairn University in a tri-match Saturday. After Brooklyn ventured to Langhorne, Pennsylvania for the double header, both teams beat the Bulldogs in straight sets.
Brooklyn (0-16) attacked with ambition against the no. 3-ranked team in Division III Men’s Volleyball, New Paltz (8-3), early in the afternoon. The Bulldogs were aggressive early in the first set, but a 3-0 Hawk run, led by Nick Denoncourt and Ben Cohen, made it 12-8, New Paltz, and quickly stamped out Brooklyn’s energy.
Despite closing their deficit to two points late in the first set, the Bulldogs were unable to erase it entirely and could not score consecutive points during the rest of the set, which ended 25-19, in favor of New Paltz.
Kills from Denoncourt and Chris Lilley helped the Hawks maintain control in the second. A 6-0 New Paltz run halfway through the set gave the Hawks a 13-point advantage. Although the Bulldogs scored four of the next five points, they had lost too much momentum to secure the set.
The Bulldogs entered the third set with renewed vigor, but another 8-0 New Paltz run put them down. The Hawks ran with an 11-point lead and refused to relinquish it.
Brooklyn’s Shawn Varghese had three service aces, four digs, two kills, and two total blocks in the match. Ian Miranda finished with four total blocks, while Kevin Bautista posted two assists.
Denoncourt led New Paltz with a match-high 12 kills, while Mitchell Kennedy contributed 34 assists.
The Cairn University Highlanders (9-11) also swept the Bulldogs in their second match of the day. They dominated the scoring with 19 service aces and hit .417 (33 kills, eight errors, and 60 total attacks).
For Cairn, Matthew Rhodes recorded a match-high ten kills. Josiah Buss grabbed nine of the team’s aces, to go with 12 assists, and Alex Lower also dished out 18 assists.
Against Cairn’s impressive numbers, Miranda put up three kills, while Bautista posted five digs and three assists.
The Bulldogs will hope to get their first win tonight, as they host Eastern Mennonite University at 6 p.m. in the West Quad Center.