March 13, 2010

No. 13 Engineers Defeat Daniel Webster in Three

Courtesy of Daniel Webster College Sports Information

NASHUA, N.H. – Following a 30-16, 30-26, 30-24 decision over Daniel Webster College, the nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men's volleyball team picked up its ninth straight North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division victory on Friday. Winners of four in a row and nine of their last 10, the Engineers improved to 23-7 on the year and 11-2 in conference action.

Alex Becherer and Troy Tamas led a balanced attack with nine kills apiece while adding six and five digs, respectively. Patrick Vatterott tallied eight kills, four blocks, and two aces as Garrett Winther posted eight kills and three blocks. David Thomas totaled six kills and two blocks while Mike Demyttenaere chipped in four kills. Eric Reuland had a solid outing in the back row, racking up 13 digs and 24-errorless service receptions. Caine Jette amassed 29 assists and 12 digs while Tim Lee dished out 13 assists in the opening frame.

Chris Shannon notched nine kills, seven digs and three blocks for the Eagles (5-9, 5-7 NECVA) while Eric Smith just missed a triple double finishing with nine kills, 15 assists and nine digs. Elson Abotsi added seven kills while Ian Catenzaro chipped in with four kills and three digs.

MIT controlled game one from the opening serve jumping to advantages of 14-2 and 21-9 closing the set on a Winther kill.

Daniel Webster jumped ahead in the second frame, building a 5-2 lead on a Shannon kill and held a slight edge as late as 20-19 before MIT answered with four straight including kills from Tamas and Winther. The Eagles would tie it at 24 on a MIT error, but a kill from Thomas sparked a quick 4-1 spurt to take control as the Engineers captured the 30-26 win.

Daniel Webster again stayed close through the final set, knotting it at 21 on a Smith kill and two MIT errors. Back-to back kills from Tamas and Becherer helped open a 26-22 lead and Becherer would close it out with two more kills on the match's final two points.