CHICOPEE, Mass. – Elms College's Stephen Cameron downed a team-high eight kills but MIT's Ken Siebert smashed a match-high nine kills as Tim Lee handed out 30 assists to help lead the Engineers to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-18 sweep of the Blazers in Saturday afternoon's North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division men's volleyball match at Picknelly Arena.
With the loss, Elms fell to 0-1 overall and in NECVA New England play, while nationally-ranked No. 8 MIT improved to 3-0 on the season and in conference action.
MIT opened up a 10-6 lead in the first set before going on a 10-1 run highlighted by three Siebert kills, a kill from Benson George and Evan Wang, and two George service aces to take a 20-7 lead. Cameron, Yonalvy Acosta, and an assisted block by Acosta and Wilfrido Fermin cut the Blazers' deficit to 10 points. Elms pulled to within 10 on two more occasions, capitalizing on an Engineers' attack error and a kill by Bryson Rainey but a kill by Malcolm Bean, a service ace by Patrick Vatterott, and a Blazers' attacking error allowed MIT to claim the opening set 25-12.
The second frame played out in similar fashion as MIT established an early 13-8 lead and used an 11-4 run to post a 24-12 advantage. Elms' Michael Martin drilled a kill to halt the run but an error on the ensuing serve attempt gave the Engineers a 25-13 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third stanza, MIT built a 21-13 lead before Elms rallied to score five of the next eight points on the strength of two kills by Rainey, a kill by Kevin Welsh, and an assisted block from Fermin and Cameron to pull the Blazers to within six (24-18). From there, a service error by Elms resulted in a win for the Engineers.
George and Vatterott both downed eight kills and hit above a .600 clip for the match as MIT was .333 as a team through three sets. Caine Jette notched a match high 10 digs as Jeremy Velazquez recorded nine digs to lead MIT's defensive effort.
Acosta finished second for Elms in kills with five, and added six digs, while Martin downed three kills and notched seven digs in the losing effort. Daniel Lebron collected a team-high 10 digs while Fermin finished with three kills and five assisted blocks.
Release Courtesy of Elms College Sports Information