March 15, 2011

No. 13 Men's Volleyball Blanks No. 10 Rivier

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men's volleyball team extended its home winning streak to 17 following a 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 victory over No. 10 Rivier College on Tuesday night. David Thomas powered the Engineers (26-6) with 15 kills, four blocks, and three digs while Jared Andreozzi led the Raiders (24-8) with nine kills and an ace.

Rivier maintained a slight edge throughout the first set as a 13-10 lead resulted in a timeout by MIT. The Engineers managed to even the frame at 15, but kills from John Furka and Sam Kazlas paired with a block by Kazlas and Aaron Almario gave the Raiders some breathing room. MIT responded with an 8-2 run to go ahead at 23-20 before an exchange of points closed out the game.

The Cardinal and Gray inched out to a 9-5 advantage in the second stanza; however, Rivier battled back and went up 15-14 on an MIT hitting error. The Engineers picked up six of the next eight points to reclaim the lead, but the Raiders later tied the set at 23 courtesy of a Taylor Lindner kill and a hitting miscue. MIT thwarted Rivier's attempt to generate a late rally by capturing the next two points for the victory.

The early stages of the final set were closely played as it featured six ties, the last at 12-all. The Engineers rattled off four consecutive points which prompted a timeout by the Raiders. Following the break, each side picked up a point while a serving error brought the visitors within three (17-14). This was as close as it would get as a Thomas hit through a triple block ignited an 8-2 spurt which sealed the match.

Ken Siebert tallied 10 kills, five digs, and three aces as Garrett Winther added five kills and two blocks for the Engineers. Tim Lee totaled 30 assists and three blocks while Jeremy Velazquez collected seven digs.

Steve Visentin dished out 18 assists for the Raiders while Chris Convertito racked up 12 digs. Almario finished with a match-high five blocks.

MIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 16 when it hosts North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division foe Regis College. Rivier takes the court the next day against Sacred Heart University.