CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This past weekend, No. 5 MIT travelled to St. Louis for the Fontbonne University Men's Volleyball Tournament. On Friday, the Engineers fell to Milwaukee School of Engineering (21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21) and then defeated Thiel College (26-24, 25-17, 25-21). The next day, Tech lost to No. 3 Carthage College (25-14, 23-25, 25-12, 25-22) but bounced back with a win over the host Griffins (25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16).
In the opener with MSOE, sophomore Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied 10 kills, five digs, two aces, and two blocks. Junior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) posted 10 kills, three aces, and two blocks as freshman Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) added 10 kills and three blocks. Senior David Thomas (Carlsbad, Calif.) totaled eight kills, seven digs, and four blocks while junior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) notched seven kills and five blocks. Sophomore Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) registered 20 assists, four digs, and two blocks as classmate Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) had 20 assists and eight digs. Senior Jeremy Velazquez (Chelmsford, Mass.) bolstered the defense with four digs.
Against Thiel, Thomas amassed 10 kills, seven digs, six blocks, and three aces. Siebert followed with nine kills, five digs, and two blocks as Hohenberger contributed eight kills and three aces. Klein tacked on six kills while Vatterott earned five blocks. Wang recorded 34 assists and four digs as senior Daniel Sngiem (Long Beach, Calif.) finished with six digs.
Hohenberger powered MIT's attack with 15 kills to go along with two blocks in the tilt with Carthage. Siebert totaled seven kills, six digs, and two aces while Klein posted seven kills and three blocks. Vatterott strengthened the front row with five kills and three blocks as Wang and Velazquez distributed 22 and nine assists, respectively.
In the finale with Fontbonne, Klein dominated the net with 11 kills and nine blocks. Hohenberger notched 14 kills and two blocks as graduate-student Malcolm Bean (Rochester, N.Y.) posted five kills and three blocks. Freshman Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) contributed six digs and five kills while Vatterott tallied six digs and four blocks. Sngiem collected 15 digs as Thomas added four blocks. Wang registered 31 assists and nine digs while Velazquez chipped in 11 assists and nine digs.
Next up for MIT (17-6) will be a tri-match at Newbury College with Emmanuel College on Saturday, March 17.