by Mary Lakhan

Saturday afternoon inside the Genovesi Center, the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (1-1) defeated the Baruch College Bearcats (0-1) in three straight sets in their home opener to record their first ‘W’ in program history.

The Terriers started on a 3-1 run early in the first set but the Bearcats would soon tie the game at 4-4. Both teams would go head to head until the Terriers on a 5-2 run distanced themselves, 16-13. With a kill from Evan Takos and a service error from the Terriers, the Bearcats would cut the lead to one, 21-20. However, the Terriers fighting to the end, took the first set 25-23.

Entering the second set, the Bearcats took a 5-1 lead. On a 5-1 run, the Terriers would tie the game. Again, both teams were neck-and-neck until the Bearcats took the lead on a 4-1 run bringing the score to 13-16. Immediately on a 12-5 run would take the lead and the set, 25-21.

In the third set, both teams fought vigorously for the win, but the Terriers prevailed as they limited the Bearcats to 18 points. The Terriers on a 12-6 run would not only distance themselves but take the set, 25-18.

Top performers for the Bearcats Meni Mucheyev, Steven Lopez, Evan Takos, Edward Grinberg, and Artem Zinkin

Junior middle hitter Meni Musheyev and senior outside hitter Steven Lopez led their team with seven points. Mucheyev recorded seven points, six kills, and one assist. Lopez recorded seven points, six kills, two assists, two digs, and one ace.

Junior middle hitter Evan Takos and junior setter Edward Grinberg both finished with 4.5 points. Takos also finished with four kills and one dig. Grinberg finished with four kills, 18 assists, and four digs.

Senior right side Artem Zinkin finished with 3.5 points. He also tallied two kills, one ace, and four digs.

For the Terriers, freshman opposite hitter David Vorfi led his team with 15 points. He also finished with 13 kills, one assist, five digs, and two aces.

Freshman middle blocker James Henneberry finished with 12.5 points. He also recorded 12 kills.

Freshman outside hitter Johnny Ferraro finished with 11 points recording 11 kills, one assist, and four digs.

Freshman setter Andrew Piloto tallied 2.5 points, two kills, 41 assists, and four digs.

Freshman libero Dominick Pikura recorded 13 digs.

The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, January 25, at Chicopee, Massachusetts as they take on ELMS College Blazers. Game starts at 4 p.m.

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