CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's volleyball team saw sophomore Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) and senior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) secure spots on the inaugural Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division III Preseason All-America Teams. Chang represented the Engineers on the first team while Syta was among those receiving votes.
Last year, Chang was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America first team. He was one of only three freshmen to be recognized by the AVCA in addition to being the first freshman and libero at MIT to earn All-America honors. On the strength of his Institute-record 446 digs, he ranked second in the country in digs and digs per set (3.35). As the Engineers' primary passer, Chang generated a .950 reception percentage as he committed 29 reception errors in 584 attempts.
Syta was sixth in the nation in assists per set (10.13) while establishing the MIT record for assists in a season with 1,216. He finished second on the team in digs (256) and third in aces (24) and blocks (56). Heading into the 2014 campaign, Syta ranks third all-time in career assists with 2,095.
The Engineers kick off their season on Friday, January 17 when they host Fanshawe College of London, Ontario in an exhibition match.