BOSTON, Mass. – In a back-and-forth battle, the nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT men's volleyball team emerged with a 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10 victory over host Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday. Later on in the tri-match, the Engineers (9-2) swept City College of New York, 25-8, 25-14, 25-20.
In the five-set thriller with Wentworth, senior Kenny Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) led the way for MIT with 13 kills on a .321 hitting performance to go along with five digs. Junior Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) recorded 11 kills and three blocks as classmate Bradley Gross (Centreville, Va.) connected on six of his 12 attack attempts and added four blocks. Freshman Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) tallied 11 digs, nine kills, and two aces while junior Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) chipped in six kills. Senior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) amassed 38 assists, eight kills, eight digs, four blocks, and three aces as junior Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) racked up seven blocks. Sophomore Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) collected a match-high 16 digs while freshman Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.) contributed eight digs. Senior Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) rounded out the squad with 11 assists.
Freshman Sean Kropp (Fairless Hills, Pa.) paced the Engineers with 11 kills and had two blocks versus CCNY. Gross came in next with nine kills and another .500 hitting performance as Krasuski compiled seven kills, three digs, and two blocks. Freshman Narindra Peaks (Voorhees, N.J.) notched five kills and three blocks while junior Tyler Nolan (Sayville, N.Y.) posted five kills, four digs, and two blocks. Busse bolstered the front row with three blocks as Fulay earned four digs and two aces. Wang finished with 31 assists, four aces, and three digs while Chang had his second 16-dig outing of the day.
MIT continues non-conference play on Thursday, Feb. 20 when it hosts No. 6 UC Santa Cruz.