By Gabriel Lorenzo.
On Tuesday, March 25, the Men’s Volleyball team suffered a very demoralizing loss for as they coughed up a close game at home to NYU-Poly.
The Lightning looked to have the momentum on their side entering the final set of the game as they started off on an 8-3 run. NYU scored twice before Lehman’s Ahmad Abugharbieh would kill Griffin Teed to make it a 9-5 score. After Ahmad’s kill, NYU would go on to score four straight points to make the game a close 9-8.
The game was very competitive as each team would not back down from one another and each point coming from them was very tough to earn. The teams would go back and forth as each would score after the other until the game came to 12-10 where Lehman began to let the game slip away, NYU made four straight points that involved three consecutive Lehman errors, making the score 12-14 in favor of the visitors.
NYU had match point at this time in the game and Lehman would not give up and kept fighting on their home floor. Lehman would score two more points before they would go down to lose with a error by Jaleel Lino which would end the game.
Lino led the team with 18 kills while scoring 22 points, Miguel Gallardo led Lehman with 17 digs and 16 points, and Roberto Perez registered a whopping 37 assists for the Lightning against NYU-poly.
The Men’s Volleyball team played again on Saturday in a CUNYAC Multimatch double header against the Baruch Bearcats, and the City College of New York Beavers. Both games were hosted on Baruch College territory in the Arc Arena where the Lehman Lightning were swept twice without tallying a single set in their score column.
Game one versus Baruch was not a pretty one, as the team was outscored in the entire game 75-28. The first set was dropped 25 to 13 as the Lightning struggled to score points throughout the game. On the second set Lehman was held to only six points and their opponents had 25. The third set would not be as long either, as it was lost 25 to 9. Lino led the team again with 9 kills and 9 points, while Gallardo led Lehman with 12 assists and 5 digs for 2.5 points.
In the second game of their double header, the Lightning dropped all three sets again. The sets were very close and competitive against the CCNY Beavers, but Lehman could not win a single set in the game.
The Lehman Men’s Volleyball team started their 2014 campaign on a roll with a four game winning streak. Their last game of the season is on April Fool’s Day on Tuesday in Brooklyn against Medgar Evers College. The Lightning volleyball team is looking to avoid ending their season on a six game losing streak against Medgar Evers, a team that is winless this year losing all 22 games in the season.