The foyer houses display cases Baruch There are many trophies that glitter in college athletic departments. On the hallway walls, frames of photographs from championship teams are displayed. N.C.A.A. The gymnasium roof rafters are where tournament banners can be seen.

There is no sign, however, of the man responsible for the creation. Baruch men’s volleyball team on the map — and on social media, network news and “Saturday Night Live.”

It’s almost as though Representative was pursuing a college athletic career. George Santos — the self-described Baruch Bearcats volleyball star, whose teams vanquished Harvard and Yale and who gave so much to the game that he needed knee replacements when his playing days were over — did not exist.

All the lies Mr. SantosNew York’s Republican representative, a newcomer, is perhaps most famous for his claims to fame in volleyball.

It’s one thing to apparently lie about having two college degrees, working at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, losing four employees in the Pulse nightclub shooting, his grandparents surviving the Holocaust and his mother escaping the South Tower on 9/11.

However, being a star volleyball player at a Manhattan commuter school is not a good idea.

“I did laugh,” Michael Higgins, a senior middle blocker on this season’s Baruch volleyball team, said Tuesday night after the Bearcats lost their home-opening match to Long Island’s St. Joseph’s University. “I thought it was pretty funny that he chose our team out of millions of other teams.”

Since Santos’s 2020 interview with WABC radio in which he invented his college volleyball playing days resurfaced earlier this month, Baruch Volleyball has been a joke, an amusing line for comedians, and a great gift for GIF masters.

“What do they say — any publicity is good publicity,” said one spectator, Meni Musheyev, 23, who — according to Baruch — was telling the truth when he said he was a former player for the team before graduating several years ago.

The jokes, though, obscure an honest endeavor — that of the Division III athlete, who plays without athletic scholarships, packed arenas or much expectation of going pro. Tuesday night’s match was played before a few dozen spectators. Admission is free — as are the broadcasts on the internet.

Baruch’s players represent the quaint ideal of the student-athlete.

Last spring, the team had a 3.42 average grade point. One-third of the team is a finance major, with two others studying accounting. Other students are interested in careers and not just continuing their eligibility to play sport.

Many students study abroad in the off-season and many people intern at real estate or finance firms.

“It’s challenging for everybody to handle both, but I love being here, playing every day,” Jack Centeno is a former co-captain of the team and an outside hitter. His last high school and first college season were destroyed by the pandemic.

They’re not terrible on the court. BaruchThe team, which is now at 2-1, was able to win the City University of New York Athletic Conference. They beat Hunter College by a single point. This team won 9 of 12 conference titles in the past and advanced to the Final Four at the N.C.A.A. Division III tournament.

At the College Baruch This is New York’s best-kept secret. Nearly 22,000 students have crammed in a campus that spans three blocks along Lexington Avenue. Its main building is 14 stories high. The basement is home to the gym, located three floors below ground. It affords N.B.A privacy. Teams often use the gym to practice when visiting the Knicks and the Nets. (The Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic recently drew a crowd of gawking students through the court’s lone window.)

Students commute to school; only 300 dorms are available. A lot of students commute to school, many athletes even. There are no fraternity bars.

“We like to utilize sport here as their outlet,” Heather MacCulloch is the athletic director. “Two hours in the pool where I’m not figuring out calculus calculations, I don’t have to have my McDonald’s uniform on and my mom isn’t yelling at me for not taking out the trash. Those are hours of solace and rejuvenation.”

The men’s volleyball team looks like New York, too. Some of the players are from Guyana, China and Serbia. Others hail from Colorado and have been born in Colorado. Others were born in Queens or Brooklyn.

Alexander Moule is 26 years old and a Rockaway Beach, Queens native. Simon Moule and Patricia Moule, his parents were there as well. He “took no shortcuts to his American dream,” Simon Moule.

When the team hit a lull during its fall practices, Mr. Moule told his team about a concept from Japanese business culture — kaizen, which means continual improvement. Naoki Tani from Tokyo, who was a new player three years ago and knew very little English, asked Mr. Moule to talk to his team.

“Finding success at this level takes a certain mind-set, a certain resilience that you have to have when you’re going into matches,” Ryan Oommen was the setter, and also the co-captain. Ryan Oommen learned volleyball from his Indian village in Nassau County. “We have a whole season ahead of us. Building that type of fighting back mind-set, it’s great for success in life.”

It has also taught me lessons to not be drawn into the trap. Santos story.

The coach Mr. Moule said that he was shocked by the video of Mr. Santos’s volleyball boasts surfaced anew. He received texts from his friends, and started to read up on an incident that he hadn’t paid much attention before.

“The No. 1 thing that came to mind is we really encourage accountability,” “Mr. Moule laughed.”

There are some truths in Mr. Santos’s volleyball fever dreams.

Baruch Harvard beat Harvard 2010 in the same year as Mr. Santos He said that he was a graduate of the school. (Baruch could not have beaten Yale, as he claimed, because the university does not have a men’s volleyball team.) Pablo Oliveira (a Brazilian outside hitter) was the star of that team in 2010.

Perhaps Mr. Oliveira is the greatest all-around player of them all. BaruchHis career achievements include kills, aces and digs. However, now he goes by the name Pablo Patrick and uses his middle surname as his last name. Pablo Patrick, who is now the chief executive of LinkBridge Investors (the financial company that employed him once), is Mr. Santos. He didn’t answer a request for comment.

The identity of Mr. Santos’s lies about playing volleyball for Baruch were influenced by Mr. Oliveira’s past. On a résumé that Mr. Santos submitted around January 2020 to Republican leaders in Nassau County, he made no mention of his volleyball prowess, even as he falsely claimed to have earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Baruch in 2010 — graduating summa cum laude in the top 1 percent of his class.

According to reports, he saved the volleyball joke for conversations with Nassau County Republican officials.

“He said he was a star and that they won the championship and he was a striker,” Joseph G. Cairo Jr. was the chairman of Nassau County Republican committee. (Strikers are a position in soccer and not volleyball.

The hallways leading to the gym are lined with exercise equipment. Baruch hangs a photo of the 2010 Bearcats men’s volleyball team after it had won the CUNY Athletic Conference championship, completing an unbeaten conference season. On Tuesday, the photo was covered in plastic due to construction. The Bearcats are wearing medals around the necks of each other and around the arms. Oliveira has a 2-foot tall trophy in his lefthand.

The two of them are standing side-by-side in another photo. George (Chave), and a Santos (Rivera). But George Santos It is not to be found.