NASHUA, N.H. – In a 25-19, 33-31, 25-17 men's volleyball victory over Daniel Webster College, MIT senior Kenny Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) surpassed 1,000 career kills courtesy of a nine-kill performance on Tuesday night. He is the sixth player in program history to accomplish this feat as he helped the No. 13 Engineers improve to 4-1 on the year.
In addition to his team-high hitting performance, Siebert tacked on two blocks. Junior Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) posted eight kills, a .429 hitting percentage, and three blocks while freshman Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) generated seven kills, a .312 hitting effort, and six digs. Senior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied 28 assists, 10 digs, five kills, and two blocks as sophomore Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) collected 14 digs.
MIT raced out to a 13-3 advantage in the opening set and maintained a comfortable cushion throughout as Daniel Webster got as close as five points twice, the last at 23-18. The Engineers closed out the frame with Syta and Busse kills that sandwiched a serving miscue.
The Cardinal and Gray established a 4-1 lead which was quickly knotted at five by the Eagles. A serving error gave MIT a slight edge that it would maintain until its cushion grew to 19-13. An exchange of points ensued before Daniel Webster scored six of the next seven to come within one (23-22). A strike by Siebert resulted in set point for the Engineers, but the hosts capitalized on a kill and hitting error to even the score at 24. The back-and-forth play resumed before the Eagles went in front, 27-26, on another hitting miscue. Both squads traded side-outs until MIT regained the lead on Syta's kill and then wrapped up the set courtesy of a Daniel Webster hitting error.
The Eagles inched out to an 8-5 lead in the final frame; however, a kill by Busse sparked a 14-3 run to give the Engineers a lead it would not relinquish. Daniel Webster narrowed the gap to six on three occasions with the final time at 21-15. After alternating points, freshmen Narindra Peaks (Voorhees, N.J.) and Sean Kropp (Fairless Hills, Pa.) registered kills that helped MIT reach match point. A hitting miscue kept the Eagles alive but a Krasuski blast sealed the victory.
Next up for MIT will be the United Volleyball Conference Crossover Tournament which it will host on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. The Engineers open up play against No. 7 Elmira College followed by No. 6 Nazareth College on Saturday before concluding conference action versus D'Youville College on Sunday.