No. 8 Engineers Too Strong for Lesley

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 8 MIT men's volleyball team topped cross-town foe Lesley University, 25-9, 25-13, 25-7, in a NECVA New England Division match on Thursday night. Malcolm Bean paced the Engineers (2-0, 2-0 NECVA) with eight kills and three blocks as Matt Hohenberger added eight kills of his own. For the Lynx (0-1, 0-1 NECVA), Stephen Siragusa led the way with four assists and four digs while William Lau chipped in four digs and four kills.

In the first set, Lesley took a 2-0 edge on back-to-back errors by the visitors. After MIT tied the contest at three, Lau's first college kill put the Lynx back on top at 4-3. The Cardinal and Gray responded with 11 unanswered points to gain some breathing room. Lesley rallied with consecutive points to pull back within eight (14-6) but that was as close as the Lynx came the rest of the set, as Hohenberger's service ace iced a 25-9 MIT victory.

Evan Wang opened the second set with an ace of his own helping the Engineers race out to a 7-1 advantage. A kill by Melvin Morales snapped the rally as a hitting miscue by MIT narrowed Lesley's deficit to 9-4. The Lynx stayed within striking distance, getting to within 18-11, before the Engineers scored seven of the last nine points, taking a 25-13 victory on a Lynx serving error at set point.

MIT established a 7-3 lead in the final set with a Bean block later increasing the margin to 12-4. An emphatic Hohenberger kill made it a 17-6 contest, as the visitors took a 25-7 decision.

Both teams are next in action at conference rival Elms College, with MIT facing the Blazers on Saturday, Jan. 15 and Lesley traveling to Chicopee, Mass. the following Tuesday.

Release Courtesy of Lesley University Sports Information