Engineers Defeats Elms and Emmanuel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s volleyball team picked up a pair of wins against Elms College and Emmanuel College on Saturday. The Engineers swept North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division foes Elms, 30-12, 30-24, 30-18, before outlasting Emmanuel, 30-25, 27-30, 30-28, 27-30, 15-9. Earlier, Emmanuel topped Elms, 30-19, 30-18, 30-17.

MIT def. Elms College, 3-0 (30-12, 30-24, 30-18)
Alex Becherer compiled 10 kills, three aces, and two blocks for MIT (17-6, 8-2 NECVA). Troy Tamas registered 10 kills, five digs, and four aces as Jeremy Velazquez posted seven kills and five digs. Patrick Vatterott and Robin Demyttenaere both notched a pair of blocks while Daniel Sngiem earned two aces. Eric Reuland collected 12 digs as Caine Jette and Tim Lee dished out 23 and nine assists, respectively.

Yonalvy Acosta paced Elms (4-15, 4-6) with 10 digs, three kills, and two blocks. Mike Martin posted three kills, three digs, and two blocks as Mike Kleckner added three kills, three digs, and two blocks.

Emmanuel College def. Elms College, 3-0 (30-19, 30-18, 30-17)
Matt Salvi totaled 11 kills and two aces as Zach Caron chipped in six kills for Emmanuel (15-7). Nick Updike tallied 24 assists, eight aces, and five kills.

MIT def. Emmanuel College, 3-2 (30-25, 27-30, 30-28, 27-30, 15-9)
Alex Becherer nearly reached a triple-double as he amassed 17 kills, 11 digs, and eight blocks for the Engineers. Matt Hohenberger recorded 17 kills, three blocks, two aces while Mike Demyttenaere notched 12 kills and eight blocks. Patrick Vatterott racked up nine kills and seven blocks as Garrett Winther contributed 10 kills and three blocks. Tim Lee totaled 57 assists, three kills, and three blocks while Eric Reuland chipped in 11 kills.

Curtis Abram powered Emmanuel with 29 kills, a .417 hitting percentage, and five blocks as Tyson Rietz added 19 kills and a .371 hitting performance. Michael Townsend posted 11 kills and 10 digs while Keoni Rabaino rounded out the front row with 11 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Taylor Lowe and Nick Updike combined for 65 assists, finishing with 36 and 29, respectively.

All three squads return to NECVA play next week. On Tuesday, March 2, MIT will host New England Division foe Newbury College while Emmanuel will play Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) rival Rivier College at home. Elms will visit Daniel Webster College on Friday, March 5.