CHICOPEE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 5 MIT men's volleyball team extended its winning streak to five following a 25-14, 25-17, 19-25, 25-13 victory over Elms College on Wednesday night. Sophomore Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) powered the Engineers with eight kills, six aces, and six digs.
MIT built an 8-4 lead in the first set, but the Blazers scored four of the next five points to come within one (9-8). A strike by junior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped the rally and sparked a 10-2 run which featured another kill and three straight aces by Hohenberger. Miscues trimmed the margin to six (19-13); however, the Engineers closed out the game with a 6-1 spurt.
In the second stanza, MIT raced out to a 9-2 advantage that later grew to 21-9. Both squads traded points as a hitting error gave the visitors set point at 24-13. A trio of errors in addition to a kill kept the Blazers alive, but freshman Tyler Nolan's (Sayville, N.Y.) block ended the set.
With the third set tied at six, the Cardinal and Gray generated a 6-2 spurt to gain some breathing room. Elms responded with a 10-3 run that resulted in an 18-15 lead. MIT narrowed the gap to one (19-18), but the Blazers won the frame by scoring six of the final seven points.
The Engineers established a 4-1 edge in the fourth set; however, Elms posted the next two points. This was as close as it would get as MIT replied with a 17-7 run which created a 21-10 advantage. An exchange of points ensued until a Siebert kill gave the Engineers match point. Siebert then followed with an ace to clinch the victory.
Senior David Thomas (Carlsbad, Calif.) and freshman Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) both recorded eight kills while Hohenberger finished with five kills and three aces. Junior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) posted four blocks as senior Jeremy Velazquez (Chelmsford, Mass.) collected six digs. Sophomore Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied 31 assists, seven digs, and three blocks.
MIT (10-3) returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Baruch College Invitational.