NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Brad Gross (Centreville, Va.) posted 11 kills, a .318 hitting percentage, and four digs to help the nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men's volleyball team sweep Mount Ida College, 25-11, 25-16, 25-15, on Wednesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 6-5 on the year.
Sophomore Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) registered five kills, a .308 hitting performance, five digs, and two blocks while senior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) rounded out MIT's balanced attack with four kills in two sets. Freshmen Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) and Kevin Tu (Saratoga, Calif.) collected nine and four digs respectively. Sophomore Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) earned four blocks as freshman Tavish Smith (Oceanside, Calif.) tacked on two of his own. In two sets, junior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied 14 assists and five digs while classmate Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) dished out eight assists.
MIT used a 10-1 run to break open the first set and establish a 13-3 advantage. Mount Ida picked up three of the next four points but the Engineers closed out the frame with an 11-5 run. While a service error gave the visitors set point, a kill helped keep the Mustangs alive. MIT countered with a kill from Omahan to capture the win.
The second stanza was closely played as the Engineers slowly inched out to a 15-11 lead. Mount Ida recorded the next three points; however, MIT won 10 of the final 12 points to secure the set courtesy of a Busse block and a Mustang hitting error.
The Cardinal and Gray maintained a small cushion throughout the third set as a trio of Mount Ida miscues helped fuel a 12-4 run that put MIT up, 17-8. An exchange of points followed before the Engineers ended the set with a 4-1 spurt as a Gross strike clinched the victory.
MIT continues its roadtrip on Saturday, Feb. 9 at cross-town rival Harvard University.