BOSTON, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 9 MIT men's volleyball team kicked off the 2012 season with a 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology on Tuesday night. Sophomore Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) recorded 13 kills, five digs, and four aces, while senior David Thomas (Carlsbad, Calif.) added 11 kills, eight digs, and four aces for the Engineers.
The opening set was a see-saw battle that featured nine ties while neither team led by more than three points at any time. Wentworth would force the last deadlock at 16; however, MIT responded with nine unanswered points to take win.
Keyed by a kill and a block from sophomore Mike Buonincontra (Shelton, Conn.), the Leopards quickly established a 7-1 advantage in the second frame. Wentworth maintained its comfortable margin throughout the set as its lead grew to eight on three occasions.
The hosts stayed in front for the majority of the third set, eventually going up 18-14. MIT slowly chipped away at the deficit and evened the score at 21 courtesy of an ace from Thomas. His tough serving closed out the set and powered the Cardinal and Gray to the victory.
In the final game, Wentworth went ahead, 3-1, but the Engineers scored the next three points to take the lead. An error knotted the set; however, MIT generated an 11-5 run which resulted in a 15-9 advantage. The Leopards continued to attack, trimming their deficit to four (20-16), but MIT countered by tallying the final five points of the match.
Siebert and Thomas also added two blocks apiece for the Engineers, who received nine kills from freshman Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.). Senior Jeremy Velazquez (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered nine digs as sophomore Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) dished out 27 assists in his intercollegiate debut.
MIT (1-0) continues its road-trip this weekend at the Golden Flyer Tournament hosted by Nazareth College where it will face Elmira College, D'Youville College, and No. 5 Juniata College.
Release Courtesy of Wentworth Institute of Technology Sports Information