Bears Take Top Honors
The NYIT volleyball team, which finished the 2010 season ranked eighth in the region and third in the East Coast Conference (ECC), earned three of the league’s top honors. Firstyear outside hitter Shelby Cable was named Rookie of the Year after seven Rookie of the Week honors, and junior Lisa Peacock earned her second Libero of the Year accolade after averaging a conference best 4.58 digs per set. Head Coach Gail Wasmus, who directed her team from a 15-19 record in 2009 to 20-12 in 2010, was named Coach of the Year by her ECC peers. In addition, junior setter Damla Albayrak received second team honors. Both Cable and Peacock were named to the Daktronics All-East Region team, while Cable, Peacock, and Albayrak received American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region awards. The Bears finished the season with an 8-4 record in ECC play.
Kimutai Leads the Pack
NYIT’s cross country team closed its 2010 season with a solid showing at the NCAA Division II East Regionals on Nov. 21. Junior Nicholas Koiyet led the Bears to a 10th-place finish overall in the 10K race, while junior Jackie Toek earned a 27th-place finish for the women’s team in the 6K race. At the ECC Championship on Nov. 7, sophomore Elphas Kimutai took home first place and was named Male Runner of the Year while Toek earned a second-place finish. The men placed third overall and the women claimed fifth. Earning All-ECC first team honors were Kimutai, Koiyet, Toek, and Yvonne Boinett; Moath Al- Kawaldeh was named to the Second All-Conference team.
Tennis Makes Its (Return) NYIT Debut
Earlier this year, NYIT announced the addition of men’s and women’s tennis. The women’s team made its debut this past fall season with seven players under the leadership of Head Coach Kelly Waters. Though the team finished with an overall record of 1-9, sophomore Alexis Tyson led the Bears with the most matches won (4).
Shortly after the print edition of NYIT Magazine hit mailboxes, reader Mark Iwanski (B.S. '85) provided some information on NYIT's tennis team that existed in the 1980s.
"I would like to commend your work on the NYIT Magazine. I enjoy hearing about what is going on at my old school. I enjoy reading and seeing how the Old Westbury Campus has changed and grown.
"I especially enjoy reading about the successes of many of the sports teams. I am amazed that they have done so well over the years in lacrosse, baseball, and others. Go, Bears!
"I have to make one comment though. In the Winter 2011 edition, you mention the debut of the tennis program on page 15. I am happy to see NYIT return a tennis program to the school. I played for four years on the NYIT Men’s Tennis team from 1982 to 1985. We had many successful years playing, and I have some of my most fond memories of my years at NYIT on the team. Many great relationships and friends made as we competed in the Metropolitan Conference. The competition was always highlighted by the conference championships that were held at the Flushing Meadows Tennis Center.
"I just wanted to let you know there are some old NYIT Bear tennis players out there who have great memories of the school and of the sport we loved."
Pictured below is Mark with his doubles partner, Robert Volpe (B.Arch. '87), after the Bears placed in the 1985 MCTC Championships.