April 10, 2014

Men's Volleyball Collects UVC Accolades

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The No. 5 MIT men's volleyball team received four postseason honors from the United Volleyball Conference (UVC), including a pair of major awards, as announced by the league on Thursday. Head coach Paul Dill was tabbed for Co-Coach of the Year plaudits while sophomore Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) earned Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year accolades. In addition, seniors Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) and Kenny Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) were voted to the All-Conference Second Team.

A primary passer for the Cardinal and Gray, Chang ranks fourth in the country and is second in the UVC in digs per set (3.21) while contributing to a serve receive that limits conference opponents to 0.88 aces per set. He qualified for the AVCA 15 Dig Club six times this season and was named to the Johnson & Wales Invitational All-Tournament Team. An outside hitter and six-rotation player, Siebert helped the Engineers rank fourth in the nation in digs per set while eclipsing the 1,000 career-kill mark. He earned a spot on the MIT Scramble All-Tournament Team and was tabbed for UVC and ECAC North Player of the Week honors.

The starting setter in MIT's 6-2 system, Syta ranks 10th in the UVC in assists per set (7.33). Among all Division III programs, he directs an offense that stands seventh in assists per set, ninth in kills per set, and 14th in hitting percentage. At the Johnson & Wales Invitational and MIT Scramble Tournament, Syta was selected as the Tournament MVP.

During their first year in the UVC, Dill led the Engineers to an 8-3 ledger and the No. 3 seed in the UVC Championship Tournament to be held this weekend at Nazareth College. MIT will take on nationally-ranked No. 6 Stevens Institute of Technology in a quarterfinal match slated for a 1:00 p.m. start on Saturday, April 12.