January 12, 2011

Men’s Volleyball Fights off Wentworth in Season Opener

BOSTON, Mass. – In the season and league-opener for both squads, the MIT men's volleyball team registered a 27-25, 25-20, 25-19 win over North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division foe Wentworth Institute of Technology on Tuesday night. The Engineers, who were ranked No. 9 in the final AVCA Division III Coaches Top 15 Poll last season, posted their 14th straight victory over the Leopards.

MIT took an early 3-0 lead before Wentworth scored three quick points to earn the first of 15 ties in the opening game. A back-and-forth battle ensued before the Engineers took a 19-16 lead. However, the hosts would not go away quietly, rallying to tie the score at 19, and, after being down 23-19, battled back to tie the score at 23-all.

Facing match point at 23-24 and 24-25, Wentworth evened the score both times, but an attack error at 26-25 gave MIT a 27-25 win in game one.

Wentworth raced out to an 8-2 lead in the second game only to see the Engineers use an 11-5 spurt and tie the game at 13. The game would eventually be tied at 15 before MIT pulled ahead 22-17. Two quick Leopard points pulled the hosts within three, but the Engineers took a 2-0 lead with a 25-20 win.

After two quick ties to open the third game, MIT scored four straight points to take a 6-2 advantage, a lead it would not relinquish. Wentworth pulled within a pair at 8-6, but a 6-1 run by the visitors extended the lead to 14-7, en route to a 25-19 win.

Matt Hohenberger recorded 16 kills and five aces as Malcolm Bean added eight kills. Garrett Winther and Patrick Vatterott each had six kills while Winther tacked on five digs. Tim Lee notched 33 assists and six digs in the sweep as Jeremy Velazquez collected 10 digs.

Wentworth was led by freshmen Mike Buonincontra and Ross Burdett, who had 10 kills apiece in their collegiate debuts. Lowell Jesmer added nine kills and a pair of blocks while Tyler Moriarty dished out 32 assists.

Release Courtesy of Wentworth Sports Information