No. 15 Men’s Volleyball Blanks Emerson and Southern Vermont in Saturday Tri-Match

No. 15 Men’s Volleyball Blanks Emerson and Southern Vermont in Saturday Tri-Match

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 15 MIT 3, Emerson College 0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-8)
No. 15 MIT 3, Southern Vermont College 0 (25-11, 25-7, 25-9)

- Records: No. 15 MIT (6-0); Southern Vermont College (0-4); Emerson College (2-1)

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gymnasium)

- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team, ranked No. 15 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III national poll, improved to 6-0 this season with a dominant performance in a tri-match held at Emerson College on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers blanked host Emerson, 3-0, by set scores of 25-19, 25-13, 25-8 and then went on to defeat Southern Vermont, 3-0, by set scores of 25-11, 25-7, 25-9.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. EMERSON:

- As a team, the Engineers hit at a clip of .373 to sweep the Lions in match one this morning. Senior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) registered a team-high 12 kills and added eight digs and one assist block in the win, while junior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) dished out 23 assists and tallied a team-high nine digs. Junior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) led the charge offensively as he hit .615 (eight kills on 13 attempts), had one service ace, two digs and three blocks.

- In the first set, MIT hit .419 (14 kills on 31 attempts), in the second the Engineers hit .217 (eight kills on 23 attempts and in the third set MIT hit a match best .476 (11 kills on 21 attempts). The Engineers also registered seven blocks as a team.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. SOUTHERN VERMONT:

- Freshman Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.) led MIT in the match against Southern Vermont as he posted eight kills on nine attempts for a percentage of .778. He also had one dig and two blocks defensively for MIT this afternoon. Senior Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) added seven kills, while freshman Andrew Callahan (Western Springs, Ill.) tallied six kills in the win.

- Freshman Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) dished out a team-high 16 assists, while sophomore Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) chipped in with ten assists of his own. Freshman Christopher Cheung (San Diego, Calif.) tallied a team-high eight digs as well.

- The Engineers hit .280 in the first set, a match-best .533 in the second and .235 in the third.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home for a match against Emerson College on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. In the first meeting this season between the two teams, the Engineers swept the Saints, 3-0, by set scores of 25-21, 25-17, 25-13.

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