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Women’s Volleyball Makes History, CUNYAC Tourney

Midwood High School graduate and junior Michaela Appel is one of many Bulldogs that will need to step up in order for Brooklyn College to continue their memorable season campaign. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
Midwood High School graduate and junior Michaela Appel is one of many Bulldogs that will need to step up in order for Brooklyn College to continue their memorable season campaign. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Adam Zaki

Published: November 1st, 2017 

For the first time this millennium, the Brooklyn College women’s volleyball team finished above .500 in the regular season, earning themselves the second seed in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) championships, finishing the season with an overall record of 17-12 (7-1 in conference).

After starting the season with five consecutive wins that included two vital conference victories, the Bulldogs traveled to Irving, Texas where their early season momentum was crushed. In the first two weeks of September, BC looked as if its season’s expectations were unlimited; after the matchups in Texas, the team finally faced adversity as a unit.

At the Dallas Classic on Sept. 15, the Bulldogs were shutout in all three contests. They seemed to have lost all their momentum gained in the start of the season, as they came back to New York with a thud in a 0-3 loss to College of New Rochelle in Westchester. 

BC was able to break the streak on Sept. 21, when it defeated the winless York College Cardinals 3-0 in Jamaica. After the win at York, the Bulldogs were able to put together six wins in seven consecutive matches. Entering the Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) at Florham tournament in Madison, New Jersey on Oct. 7, the Bulldogs were 11-5 on the season and had won five in a row.

The Bulldogs’ streak was halted in New Jersey with two consecutive losses against Alvernia University and FDU. After those two matchups, the Bulldogs took their losing streak to the CUNYAC Tri-Match at Hunter College and were subsequently shutout against top-seeded Hunter in their lone conference loss of the season on Oct. 9.

The Bulldogs have been able to even out their consistency as of late, winning four consecutive weekday matchups to end the regular season. After dropping both matches in Patchogue at the St. Joseph’s Long Island Tri-Match on Oct. 21, the team concluded the regular season with consecutive wins at Lehman College and Yeshiva University, ending with seven total conference wins and an undefeated record at the West Quad Gymnasium. 

First-year team member and the Bulldogs’ only senior, Sarina Rozek, leads the Bulldogs in almost every statistical category this season, including points (409), points per set (4.31), and kills (315). The dominating outside hitter and transfer student from St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn is also the Bulldogs’ captain, and her play will no doubt be consistent in the upcoming CUNYAC championships.

The gathering of underclassmen and five juniors will need to play well alongside Rozek, as the team looks to take off with a series of consecutive wins against conference opponents to earn themselves a CUNYAC title.

The CUNYAC Championships begin on Friday, Nov. 3 at Hunter College. The Bulldogs will face the winner of John Jay vs. Lehman, in what will be an opportunity to put together a seemingly unprecedented season for a team that has lots of potential and their best moments ahead of them.

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