The College of Staten Island women’s volleyball team will be playing two crucial CUNYAC contests today on its home floor, hosting Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College for a trimatch. The Dolphins will face Brooklyn College at 12 Noon, then Brooklyn will play Medgar Evers at 2pm, and finally, CSI will wrap up against Medgar Evers at 4pm. The games could carry heavy playoff implications.
CSI vs. BROOKLYN COLLEGE / MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (4-9 Overall, 2-2 CUNYAC) vs. Brooklyn College (4-16, 2-3) & Medgar Evers College (1-17, 0-3)
Where: Sports & Recreation Center – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
First Serve: 12:00pm
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins/CSISportsNet
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/csi/wvball
All-Time Series (Since 2000): Brooklyn leads 8-6 / CSI leads 10-5
Last Year’s Result: BC won 3-0 / CSI won 3-0
Players to Watch (CSI): Senior Libero Victoria Wong has now won back-to-back CUNYAC Libero of the Week honors and she will need to be sound on the back line today while attackers Siobhan Granich and Vanessa Reyes will look to be a force up front. Sandy Mila is another attacker who has been good on the service line, so look for her to want to score major points in the two matches today.
Players to Watch (BC): The Bulldogs will look to get a big outing from Sarina Rozek, who is five kills shy of 100 on the season, and she also paces the team with a solid 40 service aces this season and a heavy 237 digs. Christiola Butler is next up with 87 kills and Jailene Parades is on-hand defensively with 170 digs.
Players to Watch (MEC): A balanced MEC attack is led by Adenike Akindude’s 73 kills followed by Kalifa Roberts with 51 kills. Naomi Chandler is tops behind the service line with 21 aces, while Akindude’s 122 digs leads the squad followed by Melissa Wright’s 103.
News and Notes: CSI has enjoyed a good series history with both teams. Against BC, the Bulldogs lead 8-6 since 2000, with Brooklyn having won the last six meetings dating back to 2010. The Dolphins are 2-2 all-time at the Sports & Recreation Center, but BC won the last meeting here at CSI in 2011, 3-1. Nine out of their last 14 meetings have been decided by more than three sets, however, BC has been able to beat CSI, 3-0, in each of the last two years. Against MEC, CSI has had more success, having won the last five meetings in the series dating back to 2011. Included in that are two games played here at CSI, where CSI is 4-1 all-time against the Cougars. Today’s game will hold great meaning in terms of playoff positions. There are 9 teams in the CUNYAC and only six will make the postseason tournament. Right now, Staten Island is in sole possession of 4th place with a modest 2-2 record. BC is at 2-3, tied for fifth through seventh in the conference, so a win over CSI would jump them into fourth and would dump CSI into a tie for the final playoff spot. A win by CSI would move them into more solid footing in fourth place and would position the Bulldogs out of playoff contention. Those scenarios then carry into the second game today. MEC is just 1-17 overall this season and has not won a match in conference play. Should they win both today, they would improve their chances of making the playoffs tremendously, but a pair of losses could spell their season.