NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Making its second United Volleyball Conference Tournament appearance in three years, the No. 5 seeded MIT men's volleyball team fell to nationally-ranked No. 9 and No. 2 seed Nazareth College, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, in Friday's quarterfinal round. With the loss, the Engineers finished the season with a record of 21-9.
Junior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) paced MIT with 12 kills and three blocks as freshman Matt Reilly (Manhattan Beach, Calif) chipped in six kills. Freshman Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) dished out 21 assists while sophomore Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) posted two aces and two blocks. Senior Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) and junior Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.) anchored the defense with seven digs apiece.
With the scored tied at three in the first set, Nazareth mounted a 14-2 run that included 10 straight points. A hitting error by the Golden Flyers along with a block by Hall and Martin momentarily stopped the run but Nazareth gradually posted a 25-16 win.
MIT inched out to a 4-2 edge in the second stanza courtesy of a kill by junior Sean Kropp (Fairless Hills, Pa.). The Golden Flyers registered seven of the next eight points to claim the lead. The Engineers battled back, closing the gap to two on five occasions, the last at 14-12 on another Kropp kill. Nazareth responded with an 11-4 run to close out the set.
The Golden Flyers jumped out to an 8-3 lead but MIT continued to attack as it came within 15-14 courtesy of a kill by Krasuski. Nazareth recorded the next four points to gain some breathing room; however, a serving error set off an exchange of points that moved the score to 21-17. The Cardinal and Gray stayed within striking distance as a hitting error and a Krasuski kill cut the deficit to 24-22. The Golden Flyers denied the comeback attempt with a kill during the ensuing rally.