CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – David Thomas compiled six blocks, six kills, and five digs in MIT's 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Southern Vermont College in a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division men's volleyball match on Friday night. With the win, the nationally-ranked No. 11 Engineers raised their ledger to 15-4 on the year and 9-0 in conference play while the Mountaineers dipped to 2-10 overall and 2-6 in the New England Division.
The visitors picked up the first two points of the match, but MIT rattled off nine straight points to take control of the set. A kill by Southern Vermont's Connor Murray led to an exchange of points, helping keep his squad within striking distance. The Engineers countered with a 12-5 run which resulted in a 23-10 advantage. Both sides picked up a pair of points to wrap up the frame.
MIT established an 8-2 lead in the second set; however, the Mountaineers battled back and narrowed the gap to five on three occasions, the last at 19-14. A strike by Ken Siebert helped the Engineers record six of the final eight points to clinch the game.
The Cardinal and Gray created a 4-2 edge in the final set, but kills by Anthony Barahona and Sean Moore coupled with a pair of MIT errors put Southern Vermont in front, 6-5. Sparked by a kill and block by Patrick Vatterott, the Engineers regained the lead and increased their margin to 14-7. A service error, a block by Barahona and Murray, followed by a solo block from Barahona quickly brought the Mountaineers within four (14-10). This was as close as it would get, as MIT generated an 11-5 run to capture the win.
Matt Hohenberger led the way for the Engineers with 12 kills to go along with three blocks, and one ace. Billy Evans posted six kills, four digs, and an ace as Vatterott finished with five kills, two blocks, and an ace. Siebert notched five kills and five digs while Garrett Winther contributed three blocks. Tim Lee tallied 34 assists, five digs, two blocks, and two aces as Jeremy Velazquez chipped in five digs.
Barahona paced Southern Vermont's attack with seven kills while Anthony Ayala compiled 13 assists and 10 digs.
Both squads continue conference action during the next few days. Southern Vermont will visit Wentworth Institute of Technology for a tri-match with Elms College on Saturday, Feb. 19. MIT extends its home-stand on Monday, Feb. 21 against Lesley University.