Men’s Volleyball Has Historical Run in NECVA Tournament

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 7 MIT men's volleyball team reached several milestones during the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament held this past weekend in Hyannis, Mass. The Engineers swept Newbury College (30-23, 30-15, 30-22) in the opening round on Friday before dismissing D'Youville College (30-18, 30-26, 30-20) in quarterfinal action on Saturday. That afternoon, the Cardinal and Gray fell to eventual champion, Nazareth College, 30-28, 30-27, 31-29. MIT's first victory over D'Youville in eight meetings put it in the semifinals for the second time in program history with the last trip occurring in 2006. The Cardinal and Gray also recorded its first 30-win season as it finished with an overall ledger of 31-8.

Matt Hohenberger racked up 18 kills, a .424 hitting percentage, six aces, four digs, and three blocks against Newbury. Patrick Vatterott posted nine kills and four blocks as David Thomas registered nine kills, four digs, and two blocks. Mike Demyttenaere bolstered the front row with six kills and two blocks while Eric Reuland collected a team-high nine digs. Jeremy Velazquez notched five digs and two aces as Alex Becherer chipped in four digs and two aces. Tim Lee dished out 44 assists while Garrett Winther rounded out the defense with five digs and three blocks.

In its win over D'Youville, MIT compiled a team hitting percentage of .347, including a mark of .515 in the third set. Demyttenaere dominated the net with 11 kills and six blocks as Hohenberger tallied 16 kills, five digs, three aces, and a block. Thomas and Winther both recorded eight kills while Thomas added six blocks and two aces. Reuland anchored the back row with 11 digs as Vatterott totaled six kills and two blocks. Becherer contributed eight digs and an ace while Lee finished with 41 assists, eight digs, and three blocks.

Hohenberger and Demyttenaere powered the Engineers' attack versus Nazareth, posting 16 and 14 kills, respectively. Winther notched seven kills, five digs, and four blocks as Vatterott contributed six kills and five blocks. Reuland and Becherer both collected six digs while Thomas chipped in a pair of aces and blocks. Lee closed out the tournament with 42 assists, three digs, and two solo blocks.