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Men’s Volleyball Struggles in California

Bulldog opposite/middle hitter Ahmed Moawad is one of the multiple young contributors on the team this season. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
Bulldog opposite/middle hitter Ahmed Moawad is one of the multiple young contributors on the team this season. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Adam Zaki

Published: February 7th, 2018

After starting off the season with an impressive win at Purchase College, the Brooklyn College men’s volleyball team continued its season-opening road streak in a different direction. They’ve dropped consecutive matchups, being shut out in every match on the skid. The Bulldogs currently hold a record of 1-5, without any City University of New York (CUNYAC) play thus far. 

Four out of the losses were on the team’s road trip out west, when the Bulldogs traveled to Thousand Oaks, California to play out of conference opponents over the course of three days.

The road trip was a good way for the team to develop some chemistry against unfamiliar competitors.

The team is led by Vaughan Titus, a junior who has earned himself CUNY accolades in the past. Last season, Titus had 14 assists, 32 service aces, 25 blocks, 470 attacks, 116 digs, and 192 kills. To put it simply, Titus was a force for Brooklyn College. Before the season, head coach Joseph Contello referred to Titus as having “unlimited potential.”

Another contributor on the team is Ahmed Moawad, who put up a season-high eight kills in the game at California Lutheran University.  The sophomore contributed heavily as a freshman, putting up 181 kills on 430 attacks a season ago.  

The Bulldogs are also led by their senior captain Ian Miranda, who played one set in each game on the road trip in California. In the 2016 season, Miranda was described as taking “great strides” by coach Contello, and named captain the following year.

Miranda and company are a team that has young contributors alongside veteran players, who look to improve upon last year’s trip to the CUNYAC semifinals, where they were dropped by Hunter College 3-0 to end their season.

Last year’s run included a playoff win at home on April 11 against John Jay college, where they defeated the Bloodhounds in the quarterfinal of the CUNYAC tournament. After splitting the season series between the two teams in a thrilling matchup in the Doghouse in Manhattan, Brooklyn defeated John Jay in a 3-0 slugfest.

Their next game is Sunday when they will travel to Yeshiva University, continuing their nine-game road stand to start the season. Their first CUNYAC matchups will be the CUNYAC tri-match in Manhattan, where they will have a doubleheader against Hunter College and John Jay at the Hunter Sportsplex. 

The team’s first home game is on Feb. 27, when they will play at the West Quad Gymnasium for the first time since April, hosting Yeshiva University.

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