Hunter Claims 14th CUNYAC Men's Volleyball Championship With Sweep of Baruch


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New York, N.Y. - NEW YORK - Hunter's Zacarias Ripoll dished out 33 assists, put down nine kills and added six digs Thursday night at the Hunter Sportsplex, and garnered Most Valuable Player honors in the City University of New York Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Championship, as he helped the top-seeded Hawks to a 3-0 victory (30-26, 30-25, 30-22) over second-seeded and visiting Baruch. For Hunter, it was its 22nd straight victory on the 2008 season, and the program's 14th CUNYAC title.

The title contest was the fourth-straight Baruch/Hunter match-up in the championship round, with the host Hawks (30-3) snapping the Bearcats' (23-13) string of two-consecutive CUNYAC crowns.

Ripoll was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Pablo Oliveira (match-high 11 kills, five digs) and Wojciech Jakubiak (nine kills, six digs), as well as Baruch's Danial Levent (team-high nine kills) and Radu Wyrwas. CCNY's Ratmir Gorelik and Lehman's Nate Martin rounded out the all-tourney squad.

Game one was tight a majority of the way, with each team trading points. With the score tied at 14-all, Hunter was able to rattle off three quick points to take a 17-14 lead that it would not relinquish en route to the four-point victory.

Baruch opened game two with a 3-1 advantage, before the homestanding Hawks scored seven of the next 10 points to secure an 8-6 lead. The game was close throughout, as Hunter maintained between a one and five-point advantage the rest of the way.

The hosts looked to finish off the Bearcats early on in game three by tallying the first six points of the frame. The Hawks would stretch the lead to 11-4, before Baruch battled back to within a 15-14 count. That would be as close as the Bearcats got, however, as Hunter once again pulled away and knocked off its conference arch-rival for the championship hardware.

Both teams, which will compete as part of the 16-team North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Championship on April 4 in Mahwah, N.J., advanced to the finals after locking up three-game victories in the semifinals earlier in the evening. Hunter toppled fourth-seeded Lehman, while Baruch knocked off fellow NECVA tournament participant and third-seeded CCNY.

Hunter will now prepare for the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) championship tournament which begins next Friday, April 4 at the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ.

Article courtesy of CUNYAC sports information.

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