The College of Staten Island men’s volleyball season officially gets underway this weekend, and to start things out the Dolphins will be a part of a CUNYAC Multimatch played at Baruch College. First, CSI will take on City College of New York at 12 Noon, and then will battle Baruch College at 2pm. Both the Beavers and the Bearcats have already started their respective seasons.
CSI vs. CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK & BARUCH COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (0-0) vs. City College of New York (0-3) / Baruch College (0-4)
Where: ARC Arena – 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
Tip-Off: 12:00pm vs. CCNY / 2:00pm vs. Baruch
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/baruch/mvball/? (Baruch Game Only)
All-Time Series: CCNY leads 2-1 / Baruch leads 2-0
Players To Watch (CSI): CSI will funnel a lot of their offense through their two captains Danil Kukovitskiy and Justin Edwardsen. Kukovitskiy led the team in attack percentage last year at .136 while Edwardsen was second in total kills with 143. Look for Ronald Tisbe to be a defensive catalyst this year. He led the Dolphins with 111 digs a year ago.
Players To Watch (CCNY): Sebastiano Aga and Edmund He have been the offensive 1-2 punch for the Beavers so far, averaging a total of about six kills per game. Oleksandr Boychuk boasts the team’s best attack percentage at .158. Aga is deceptive with the serve as well averaging a pair of aces per match.
Players To Watch (BC): Brady Ambro is enjoying a great start to the season, scattering 33 kills in 10 sets played, leading the way with 97 attacks. Ambro is also second on the squad with five aces. Taylor Higgs leads the way on the back line with 23 digs. Man Wai Choi has collected three total blocks to go with 17 digs as well and can be a force everywhere on the court.
News and Notes: All three teams are looking for their first wins this afternoon. The Dolphins did manage to take a win against CCNY last year in the early stages on the season, 3-2, and this is the third time in the last two years they are meeting on neutral turf. Baruch did not give up a single set to the Dolphins last season, and the Dolphins are hoping to close that gap. The Dolphins are 3-5 all-time as part of CUNYAC Multimatch play.