DIII Baruch Wins 2009 CUNYAC Championship!
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Baruch College defeated Hunter College, 3-1, to claim the 2009 CUNYAC men's volleyball championship tonight at the ARC Arena.
The Hunter Hawks tried valiantly to retain their title, but the Bearcats proved to be too much, winning 3-1 (30-21, 30-26, 26-30, and 30-25), avenging last year's defeat in the championship game and completing a perfect record in conference play (17-0).
Baruch stormed out to a scorching start, hitting well in Game 1, with 15 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. The home crowd urged the Bearcats on, and Baruch, rising to the occasion, took Game 1, 30-21.
Game 2 was a more balanced tilt, as Hunter showed the heart of a champion and kept the game close. But Baruch would be too much, squeaking out a four-point victory in the second game and were one game away from winning the title for the third time in four years.
The Hawks would not go down with a fight. The now-dethroned champions rallied late and nipped Game 3, 30-26, to stay alive and force a fourth game. CUNYAC Player of the Year Wojciech Jakubiak and all-tournament team member Eric Barty were leading the charge, combining for 28 kills on the evening, and Baruch looked vulnerable, as a raucous road support urged Hunter on, hoping for three-straight.
"Hunter played very well tonight," stated Baruch head coach Allison Gunther. "They have phenomenal players."
But the Bearcats would not be denied the title. Baruch would win claim their third crown in the last four years, led by three-time tournament MVP Danial Levent, who had 17 kills and was inspirational throughout the tournament.
"Danial is a fantastic player," Gunther said. "He's a natural leader on and off the court and he leads by example. It's going to be rough losing him and he's probably the best player to have played for Baruch volleyball."
Setter Radu Wyrwas had a game-high 49 assists for Baruch. Zacarias Ripoll led Hunter with 37.
Both Baruch and Hunter move on to the NECVA Championships next weekend at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Seeding will be announced on Monday. (TOURNAMENT WEBSITE)
"I'm so excited [for the NECVA Championships]," Gunther said. "There are so many talented teams and I have been told we're a dark horse. We're looking to surprise a few teams."
2009 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
CUNYAC Tournament MVP
Danial Levent, Baruch College (3rd Time in 4 Years Danial has won Tournament MVP)
2009 CUNYAC Men's Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Alex Niles, York College
Johnny Santana, City Tech
Gabriel Rivera, Baruch College
Pablo Oliveira, Baruch College
Wojciech Jakbuiak, Hunter College
Eric Barty, Hunter College
2009 CUNYAC ALL-STARS
Player of the Year
Wojciech Jakubiak, Hunter
Rookie of the Year
Eric Barty, Hunter
Libero of the Year
Miguel Pena, Hunter
Coach of the Year
Eder Mathelier, City Tech
CUNY Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball All-Stars
Danial Levent, Baruch
Pablo Oliveira, Baruch
Kevin Edwards, City Tech
Zacarias Ripoll, Hunter
Jerin Kallickal, Hunter
Matt McKee, Baruch
Tommy Ma, Brooklyn
Shandu Foster, Hunter
Radu Wyrwas, Baruch
Johnny Santana, City Tech
Christopher Aviles, CCNY
Jonathan Cruz, Lehman
TV NOTE: Bronxnet-TV recorded the final for a future broadcast on both Bronxnet-TV and CUNY-TV. As soon as that date is available, the information will be posted.
2009 CUNYAC Tournament Results
Quarterfinal Results: Tuesday, March 24 at Higher Seed
Game 1: #1 Baruch 3, #8 Medgar Evers 0
Game 2: #2 Hunter 3, #7 Lehman 0
Game 3: #3 City Tech 3, #6 Brooklyn 1
Game 4: #4 York 3, #5 CCNY 0
Semifinals/Final: Friday, March 27, ARC Arena, Baruch College
Game 5: #1 Baruch 3, #4 York 0 (30-7, 30-11, 30-17)
Game 6: #2 Hunter 3, #3 City Tech 0 (30-18, 31-29, 30-16)
Game 7: FINAL: #1 Baruch 3, #2 Hunter 1 (30-21, 30-26, 26-30, 30-25)
Article courtesy of CUNYAC athletics.