posted 2012-10-24 11:37:46

Hunter Sports Roundup

A look at what’s happening in Hunter sports  

Christian Davies

Now that the fall semester is well underway, the Hunter sports teams are finding their rhythms and heading quickly toward their postseasons. The women’s tennis and volleyball teams are both hav- ing extraordinary years, boasting domi- nant overall and conference records.

In cross-country, both the men’s and women’s teams continue to own the CUNYAC weekly performance awards. And on the soccer field, the Hunter men’s team continues to gradually improve, looking to come into their own as they head toward the CUNYAC championships.

Just to fill you in on what’s been hap- pening with your Hawks, here is a recap of the past few weeks in Hunter Sports:

The women’s tennis team has con- tinued their excellent season, riding a four-match winning streak to a 7-3 overall record. In addition to their impressive overall record, the lady Hawks are also boasting an impressive 5-1 conference record in addition to a perfect 4-0 record at home. They have been getting the job done in impressive style too; in their last four wins, the Hawks have outscored their op- ponents 8-1, 9-0, 5-0 and 9-0, respectively.

They have received outstanding individual play from a variety of athletes: juniors Jane Selegean and Shena Joseph have been outstanding in first doubles; sophomores Beth Chapnick, Caroline Kaleda, Stephanie Ahwireng and Gina Yeo have all stepped up in both doubles and singles; and freshmen Angelina Usherenko (who was recently named the CUNYAC/ Hospital for Special Surgery Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week) and Sara Beck have played above their experience level for the Hawks.
Riding the momentum of their winning streak and a 5-0 win over rival Baruch, the Hawks will begin their post- season on October 17th in the CUNYAC championships.

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams had a huge 2nd place overall finish at the College of Staten Island Invitational on September 30th. There was a bit of controversy concerning how the points were tallied at the end of the meet, and originally the Hawks were said to have tied for 3rd place, but luckily the scoring was corrected and the Hawks were rewarded their rightful 2nd place finish.

On the women’s side, Lizzy Mahoney, who finished third overall, and Stephie- Anne Duliepre, who finished eleventh, ran standout races for the Hawks, just as they have been doing all season long. On the men’s side, where it seems that a different runner steps up big almost every week for the Hawks, sophomore Christian Rojas led the way with a 3rd place finish overall. Not far behind Rojas were Justin Lee, Emman- uel Grullon, and Diego Buen, who finished 14th, 15th and 16th respectively.

A week after their meet at the CSI Invitational, the Hawks traveled to the New Jersey Institute of Technology Invita- tional, an intimidating meet to participate in because of its large attendance by Divi- sion I and II schools. The Hawks held their own, though, with the women finishing in 9th place overall and the men taking home 14th.
Along with their team accomplish- ments, the Hawks have been showered with individual awards. Senior Lizzy Mahoney and sophomore Justin Lee both took home CUNYAC/US Cross Country Athletes of the Week awards after their performance in the NJIT Invitational. For Lee, who is having what might become a historic season, it was his fifth consecutive week taking home the award.

On the soccer field, the men’s soccer team continues to try to find its footing while it works its way through a daunt- ing conference schedule. The Hawks have dropped three of their last four matches, with a shutout win over Medgar Evers College and losses to John Jay College, the College of Staten Island, and York College, respectively. Although the 2-10-2 Hawks face an uphill battle through the rest of their season, they still have a chance to tighten their game with matches against CCNY, SUNY New Paltz and Vassar Col- lege to round out their regular season. On October 24th, the Hawks will begin play in the CUNYAC championships, where they will have a clean slate and can turn their entire season around with one good game.
Moving to indoor sports, it’s hard to say enough about how well the women’s volleyball team is doing. Holding a 15-6 overall record, including a 7-1 record within their conference, the lady Hawks are looking as strong as ever as they head into the final three weeks of their regular season. Of their fifteen victories this year, a staggering thirteen of them have been shutouts.

While earning victories against teams such Wesley College, the College of Staten Island and Medgar Evers College, the Hawks have received consistent standout play from seniors Karolina Krauze, Mia Alexis De Claro and Kim Harten; sophomores Taylor Kordich and Stephanie Taibe; and freshman Brianna O’Hagan. Sophomore Lucia Stosic was also named an Honorable Mention for CUNYAC Scholar Athlete of the Month.

The women’s team will next travel to Mahwah, New Jersey to take on Ramapo College on October 16th.

In addition to all the sports that are already happening on and around Hunter’s campus, the women’s swimming team will open their season at the College of Staten Island on Thursday, October 25th, and the men’s fencing team will begin their season at the Temple Open on Sunday, October 28th.