BEVERLY, Mass. – MIT captured the first two sets (27-25, 25-18), but host Endicott College rallied to win the next three (25-21, 25-16, 15-12) to hand the nationally-ranked No. 12 Engineers their first loss in NECVA New England Division play on Thursday night. The Gulls improved to 19-9 on the year and 11-2 in conference action while MIT dipped to 23-6 overall and 12-1 in the New England Division.
T he hosts carried the momentum into that final set, jumping out to a 6-4 lead. The Engineers leveled the set at eight following a kill by David Thomas, who was one of three players to finish with double-digit kills for the visitors.
Kills by Matt Devendorf and Jeremy Siden pulled the Gulls ahead by two before Thomas connected again to cut the deficit in half. Endicott scored five of the next seven points, highlighted by Travis Netherton's kill on match point.
Senior outside hitter Zeke Kubisch finished with a team-high 12 kills while Siden and Devendorf each added 11. Netherton chipped in 10 kills and nine total blocks in the win. The Gulls were particularly impressive at the net, led by junior middle blocker Joshua Bruno. Endicott finished with 20 total blocks including a match-high ten from Bruno. Junior libero Andrew Slocum added to the defensive effort with a team-high 15 digs. Carter Roche and Jeremy Schlosser combined to hand out 44 assists.
Freshman Ken Siebert led all attackers with 21 kills while classmate Billy Evans added 16. Thomas finished with 19 kills to go along with six digs. Tim Lee and Jeremy Velazquez paced the Engineers with 14 and 15 digs, respectively. Lee also dished out a match-high 48 assists.
The result creates a log jam atop the division standings, as MIT leads second-place Endicott by just one game. Newbury lurks in third place, a game and a half behind MIT at 10-2.
Release Courtesy of Endicott College Sports Information