No. 11 MIT Blanks Newbury; Hohenberger Collects NECVA Accolades
BROOKLINE, Mass. – With a 25-22, 25-19, 25-16 victory over NECVA New England Division foe Newbury College on Thursday night, the nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT men's volleyball team improved to 14-4 on the year and 8-0 in conference play. The Nighthawks, meanwhile, saw their ledger drop to 10-6 overall and 5-2 the New England Division. Matt Hohenberger paved the way to victory for the Engineers by registering a match-high 13 kills.
It was a barn-burner from the beginning of the first set. With the Engineers up early in the game, Danny Tiner recorded a big kill to keep the game close but MIT's Ken Siebert responded with a huge kill of his own to expand the visitors' lead. Trailing by three late in the game, Alex Amylon cut the deficit to two with a huge kill, to ignite the Nighthawks but it was too late. MIT remained poised, taking set one, 25-22, behind Hohenberger's set-high seven kills.
The Engineers captured the second set, 25-19, courtesy of David Thomas's five kills and went on to complete the sweep the match with the 25-16 victory in the third set. Siebert followed up Hohenberger by tallying 10 kills while Tim Lee recorded a match-high 39 assists. Garrett Winther played solid defense registering three blocks.
Max Daley and Dan Davison led Newbury with seven kills while James Beck recorded four blocks.
Earlier in the day, NECVA announced Hohenberger's selection as the New England Division Player of the Week. In four matches last week, he compiled 47 kills, a .391 hitting percentage, eight digs, four aces, and a block. Hohenberger led off the week with 10 kills in a conference win over Endicott College and then registered 16 kills and .577 hitting percentage versus Eastern Mennonite University. He picked up six kills in a loss to Emmanuel College before tallying 15 kills, a .491 hitting percentage, and four aces against Baruch College.
Release Courtesy of Newbury College Sports Information