CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ken Siebert amassed 11 kills, seven aces, four digs, and a block in MIT's 25-9, 25-17, 25-17 win over cross-town rival Lesley University on Monday night. The nationally-ranked Engineers saw their record improve to 16-4 overall and 10-0 in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division, while the Lynx moved to 1-18 on the year and 0-11 in conference play.
After exchanging points to start the match, MIT mounted a 20-4 run which resulted in a 21-6 lead. Lesley picked up three out of the next five points to extend the set, but the Engineers scored the final two en route to the win.
The Lynx established a 4-1 edge in the second stanza, until the Cardinal and Gray put together a 7-2 spurt to take the lead. Lesley continued to attack and eventually went ahead, 15-12, courtesy of a 7-1 run. After knotting the game at 17, the Engineers rattled off eight unanswered points, including three consecutive aces by Siebert that sealed the set.
The final frame was a back-and-forth affair as it featured 10 ties and five lead changes. A pair of kills by Christian Domingo coupled with two MIT miscues resulted in a 15-14 advantage for the visitors. Billy Evans notched a kill and an ace to put the Engineers in front for good as they wrapped up the set with a 25-17 victory.
David Thomas posted a match-high 15 kills as Patrick Vatterott registered five kills and a block for MIT. Evans finished with two aces and a block while Daniel Sngiem collected four digs. Tim Lee and Evan Wang shared setting duties, distributing 31 and five assists, respectively.
Domingo paced the Lynx with six digs and five kills while Zachary Almeida-Beers bolstered the defense with five digs. Stephen Siragusa rounded out the squad with nine assists.
Both squads continue conference action on Wednesday, Feb. 23. MIT will travel to Daniel Webster College while Lesley will host Endicott College.