Hunter Sports RoundupA look at what’s happening in Hunter sports
As non-athlete Hunter students settle back into their fall routines, our student-athletes are already hard at work in games and in practices, doing their best to bring excellence to Hunter both on and off the field (or court, or track). Already, we have seen four different athletes from two different teams be named CUNYAC players of the week. The men’s soccer team has a new coach, the cross-country team celebrates a legendary coach, and both the women’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams are off to winning starts out of the gate.
Although basketball, fencing, wrestling, indoor track & field, swimming, and diving are all still to come before the semester’s end, here is a roundup of what’s been happening in Hunter sports so far:
The women’s volleyball team is off to a fast 8-5 start, with 3-0 wins over Hartwick College, Lehman College, CCNY, Brooklyn College, York College, Rutgers-Newark, and New Jersey City University. Their most recent win, against NJCU, included a dramatic first set turnaround where the Hawks came back from an 8-18 deficit to take the set 25-21. They have also edged a 3-1 win over Montclair State while dropping tough matches against Emmanuel, Oneonta, Saint Lawrence University, NYU, and Baruch. The Hawks will travel to John Jay College on September 27th to take on the Bloodhounds, before hosting Farmingdale State University and Mt. Saint Vincent in the Hunter Sportsplex on October 4th.
The women’s tennis team is also off to a fast 3-2 start with wins over Farmingdale State, Rutgers-Newark, and a big win over the College of Staten Island at the USTA Tennis Center. The Hawks have also dropped two matches, one to Kean University, 3-6, and one to St. Joseph’s College-L.I., 2-7. Individually, junior Shena Joseph was honored with her first CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery Women’s Tennis Player of the Week Award after a dominant outing in both doubles and singles in Hunter’s match with the College of Staten Island. Joseph was also invited to play in the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, where she made it into the second round before losing to Jessica Bourqe of Stevens Tech.
In cross-country, both the men’s and the women’s teams have had a rush of accolades early in the season. On the men’s side, sophomore Justin Lee won the first CUNYAC/U.S. Army Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week Award by finishing second overall, and first among CUNYAC runners, at the Baruch Invitational. After Lee’s early season accomplishment, freshman John Aiken followed suit by winning the award in two consecutive weeks after strong performances at the Bard and LIU Invitationals. On the women’s side, senior Elizabeth Maloney joined the awards party by scooping up her own CUNYAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week Award after finishing sixth at the Bard Invitational. So far, the women’s team has placed fifth at the Baruch Invitational, fourteenth at the LIU Post Invitational, and fifth at the Bard Invitational. The men’s team has finished sixth at the Baruch Invitational and fourteenth at the LIU Post Invitational. Next up for the women’s team is the N.J.I.T. Invitational on October 7th, and the men travel to Staten Island for the CSI Invitational on September 30th.
The men’s soccer team has had a rough start to the season. With a daunting schedule, they’ve quickly slipped to 1-7-2. They had a solid win against last year’s CUNYAC Tournament number one seed, Lehman College up in the Bronx, and two hard-fought ties against Brooklyn College and rival Baruch, but have dropped matches against Lasell College, Husson University, Montclair State, Drew University, Rutgers-Newark, Kean University, and #10 NYU. The Hawks, who have looked good this past week, going 1-1-2 with their only loss coming at the hands of national powerhouse NYU, look to continue their turnaround with matches against John Jay College, Medgar Evers College, and the College of Staten Island next week.
Along with the teams that have already begun their seasons, the Hunter men’s and women’s basketball teams, the men’s and women’s fencing teams, the wrestling team, the women’s swimming and diving team, and both the men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams will all get their seasons underway before the end of the fall semester.