Men's Volleyball Captures MIT Invitational Crown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This past weekend, the nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men's volleyball team dropped only one set en route to its first MIT Invitational crown since 2007. With a 4-0 outing, the Engineers improved to 23-5 on the season, marking the program's seventh consecutive 20-win campaign. In addition, head coach Paul Dill registered his 200th career men's volleyball victory and 600th in the sport overall. Patrick Vatterott was selected to the All-Tournament Team while David Thomas was named the Tournament MVP.
MIT opened the weekend with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-17 win over Emerson College. Ken Siebert led the way with 12 kills and a .364 hitting percentage to go along with five digs. Thomas posted eight kills and a .400 hitting performance while Vatterott notched seven kills and two blocks. Billy Evans tallied seven kills, five digs, and two aces as Garrett Winther connected on four of his seven hitting attempts. Matt Hohenberger earned two aces in the opening set while Jeremy Velazquez collected a team-high 10 digs. Caine Jette tacked on seven digs and two aces as Tim Lee totaled 24 assists and five digs. Evan Wang rounded out the squad with 12 assists.
Thomas powered the Engineers with 18 kills, a .607 hitting percentage, and five blocks in their 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-13, victory over Lasell College. Evans recorded 13 kills and two aces as Siebert contributed 10 digs and eight kills. Vatterott registered six kills and four blocks while Velazquez amassed 15 digs. Lee compiled 50 assists, eight digs, and three aces.
In a 25-9, 25-7, 25-13, decision against Mount Ida College, Vatterott was a force at the net as he racked up 10 blocks and six kills. Siebert had a team-high nine kills while Thomas posted six kills and five blocks. Evans chipped in five kills and three aces as Winther bolstered the attack with four kills. Jette and Velazquez both finished with four digs while Jette added three aces. Lee notched 14 assists and four digs as Wang totaled 11 assists and four blocks.
The Cardinal and Gray closed out the tournament with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win over No. 12 Emmanuel College. Thomas put up 10 kills, five digs, and three blocks as Evans followed with nine kills and four blocks. Siebert tallied six digs, five kills, two blocks, and two aces while Velazquez and Jette chipped in six and five digs. Vatterott and Winther recorded six kills apiece in addition to three and two blocks, respectively. Lee capped things off with 32 assists, four digs, and two blocks.