BEVERLY, Mass. – With a 2-2 performance at the Endicott College Tournament, the nationally-ranked No. 8 MIT men's volleyball team raised its ledger to 21-8 on the year and recorded the program's eighth straight 20-win season. The Engineers swept New Jersey City University (25-17, 25-16, 25-20) and fell to No. 5 Stevens Institute of Technology (25-17, 26-24, 25-19) on Saturday. The next day, MIT bounced back by blanking Hilbert College (25-17, 25-19, 25-17) but was defeated by No. 11 Vassar College (25-12, 25-17, 26-24). Junior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the all-tournament team.
Junior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) powered the Engineers with 13 kills and a .667 hitting percentage to go along with three digs and an ace against NJCU. Sophomore Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) and freshman Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) both had six kills while senior David Thomas (Carlsbad, Calif.) totaled four kills, four blocks, and three digs. Vatterott posted six blocks as senior Jeremy Velazquez (Chelmsford, Mass.) collected four digs. Sophomore Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied 27 assists, seven digs, five aces, and three blocks while classmate Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) added five assists.
Against Stevens, Hohenberger registered 13 kills, a .360 hitting performance, three digs, two aces, and a block. Siebert notched 12 kills followed by five from Klein. Vatterott contributed four kills and a block while Velazquez led the defense with nine digs. Syta rounded out the squad with 31 assists, five digs, and an ace.
In its victory over Hilbert, freshman Brad Gross (Centreville, Va.) paced MIT with 14 kills as he hit .571. Thomas compiled seven kills, a .636 hitting percentage, and three blocks as freshman Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) generated five kills, three blocks, and three digs. Freshman Tyler Nolan (Sayville, N.Y.) chipped in four blocks and three aces while classmate Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) tacked on six kills. Wang finished with 32 assists and two aces as freshman Isaac Margulies (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) had a team-high six digs.
Siebert led the way with nine kills and added four digs in the finale with Vassar. Vatterott posted seven kills and three blocks while Hohenberger totaled four kills and two aces. Klein bolstered the balanced attack with four kills as Thomas contributed five digs and three blocks. Velazquez gathered five digs as Syta closed the weekend with 19 assists and nine digs.
MIT returns to action on Friday, April 6 when it begins its two-day tournament where it will square off with Bard College, Medaille College, Philadelphia Biblical University, and Southern Vermont College.