By Adam Zaki
Published: March 28th, 2018
Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Brooklyn College men’s volleyball team has solidified itself as a strong contender for the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) championship.
After falling to Lehman College in the Bronx on March 13, the Bulldogs have won three in a row. Wins over the College of Staten Island (CSI), Cairn University, and the City College of New York (CCNY) have brought the team back to a three-game winning streak, after their six-game winning streak was slashed by the Lehman loss.
In the homecoming win over Staten Island, multiple Bulldogs individually contributed. In the 3-0 sweep of the Dolphins, Moaz Choudhary finished with nine blocks, Sayuj Zachariah finished with a team-high of 17 assists, and Gabriel Pjatak was able to slam seven kills in a dominating Brooklyn win.
After falling behind 21-18 in the third set, Brooklyn fought back and got itself back in winning ways. As a team defined by its consecutive wins and losses, the Bulldogs needed so desperately to get back into winning ways, and utilized a homecoming crowd to get back their mojo as the postseason begins to be on the horizon.
In the match against Cairn University on March 16, the Bulldogs played tough against a non-conference opponent, something the unit has had trouble with this season. After a back-and-forth exchange between both clubs, it was Brooklyn’s playmakers that allowed them to pull away.
Vaughn Titus led Brooklyn with 16 kills. Pjatak also added 14 kills. Alongside Zachariah’s 31 assists, the Bulldogs utilized team play to compete down the stretch and defeat an unfamiliar and tough opponent in the Highlanders.
The Bulldogs continued the streak with a win over CCNY, as the Beavers failed to compete with Brooklyn for most of the matchup. In another Brooklyn sweep, the Beavers showed signs of life by going up 4-0 in the final set, but a combination of stellar individual play and timeliness defending gave Brooklyn the advantage down the stretch.
Titus finished with a monstrous nine kills, six digs, and a block. Ahmed Moawad and Zachariah combined for 16 kills and two aces. Defense was provided heavily by Snigdho Hasan, who led Brooklyn with nine digs.
The 12-8 Bulldogs will take on Lehman on March 27, looking to extend their streak into the final game of the season. After next week’s senior night game against Baruch College, the Bulldogs will go into the tournament with heavy expectations. After a series of losses to begin the year, the team has seemingly gotten better in each outing.
For updates on Tuesday’s game, visit the Brooklyn College athletics website