Men’s Volleyball Sweeps CCNY to Advance to CUNYAC Semifinals

The York College men's volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-24, 30-23) win over the City College of New York Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the City University of New York Athletic Conference championships. York, who will make its first semifinal appearance since 2005, will take on Baruch College on Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Baruch. The Bearcats defeated Medgar Evers College in their quarterfinal match.

In their previous two meetings this season, York and CCNY battled through five sets in each match with the Cardinals getting the edge each time.  York took care of business much quicker this time around winning in just 1:21. 

In the first set, the two teams exchanged points for most of the set and were tied at 21-21.  York then took off from there, scoring nine of the next 13 points to take the opening set. 

York was never threatened in the second set as they jumped out to a 16-9 advantage after a CCNY attack error.  The Beavers could not get any closer than five points the rest of the set. 

In the final set, CCNY looked to have regrouped after taking an 18-15 lead.  However, York battled back to tie the set at 22-22. York then rolled off five straight points on the strength of three Marcin Kasza (Poland/ Newcomers) kills to take a 27-22 lead before taking the set and the match.    

Despite the loss CCNY sophomore Christopher Aviles recorded a match-high 19 kills and Carlos Matute finished with a match-high 37 assists.  Brandon Mellette finished with ten kills and Lylekar Leslie added eight.

For York, Stephen Vassell (Montego Bay, Jamaica/ Erasmus Hall) and Jean-Edouard Eveillard (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/ Roger Anglade) each had a team-high ten kills and nine digs to lead the Cardinals.  Kasza had a solid-all around game with nine kills and 17 assists, while Aruni Piantini (Dominican Republic/ John F. Kennedy) recorded 22 assists and seven digs.  Freshman Brian Francisco (Bronx, NY/ John F. Kennedy) dded eight kills and finished with a .545 hitting percentage.

Should the Cardinals advance, they will take on the winner of Hunter College and City Tech in the finals.  The championship game will follow the two semifinal matches at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

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