MIT 3, Emmanuel College 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-20)
MIT 3, Sage Colleges 0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-22)
- Records: MIT (3-0); Emmanuel (0-2); Sage (1-1)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (duPont Gymnasium)
- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team picked up two more wins during its season-opening weekend after sweeping Emmanuel College (25-13, 25-19, 25-20) and Sage Colleges (25-11, 25-18, 25-22) on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Emmanuel:
- MIT inched out to a 7-2 lead in the first set but Emmanuel closed the gap to 9-6 after a block by John Carroll and Seamus McDonagh. The Engineers responded with a 12-3 run en route to a 25-13 victory.
- Trailing 12-8 in the second stanza, the Saints claimed the next three points. MIT replied with a 5-1 spurt to create some breathing room. Emmanuel slowly chipped away at the deficit as a kill by Kevin Orsley once again brought it within one (19-18). This was as close as it would get as the Engineers won six of the final seven points, capped by an ace from sophomore Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.). to capture the set.
- MIT gradually established a 10-5 advantage in the third set and maintained the small cushion throughout as a serving error secured the 25-20 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT sophomore Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) led the way with seven kills, four blocks, and two aces while senior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) chipped in six kills and four blocks. Junior Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) connected on six of his nine errorless hitting attempts as senior Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.) anchored the back row with nine digs. Freshman Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) and sophomore Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) shared setting duties, dishing out 20 and 10 assists, respectively.
- Alex Silva powered Emmanuel with seven kills and a match-high five blocks while McDonagh tallied 20 assists, 11 digs, and three blocks. Erik English contributed six kills and four digs as Manuel Velez totaled five kills and five digs. Carroll rounded out the squad with four blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Sage:
- MIT jumped out to a 12-3 lead but Sage managed to close the gap to 13-7 on a kill by Tyler Schnaible. The Engineers countered with a 12-4 run to finish off the set.
- The hosts registered seven of the first eight points of the second set; however, the Gators countered with a 6-2 spurt that narrowed the gap to 9-7. MIT slowly increased its lead to 18-12 courtesy of an ace by senior Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.). Despite the deficit Sage continued to attack, coming within three (20-17) on a block by Casey Fitzpatrick and Zachary Karl. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers claimed the next four points, capped by a kill from freshman Cameron Burnett (Solana Beach, Calif.). A blocking error extended the frame for the Gators but a serving miscue denied them an attempt at a comeback.
- Sage quickly built a 5-1 lead in the final frame, which later moved to 16-13 following back-to-back kills by Bailey Cecchi. MIT responded with four straight points as a block by Gasparich put it in front for the first time in the set. A hitting error followed by a kill from Karl returned the lead to the visitors; however junior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) produced two kills and a block to give the Engineers a 20-18 edge. An exchange of points ensued until a ball-handling error helped Sage knot the set at 22. MIT capitalized on blocks by Krasuski and Kaufman along with a hitting error to pull out the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith led all players with 10 kills and hit .533 percent as Krasuski recorded nine kills and a match-high three aces. Sophomore Steven Timberman (Merrick, N.Y.) posted six kills and three blocks while freshman Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) collected seven digs. Fulay notched 15 assists and eight digs as Dong and Kulinski completed the setting corps with 12 and 10 assists, respectively.
- Cecchi finished with eight kills and three blocks while Ryan Guyton totaled eight kills, a .727 hitting performance, and seven digs. Casey Fitzpatrick distributed 12 assists as Schnaible ended the match with three blocks.
- Emmanuel returns to the court on Sunday, Jan. 22 when it hosts North Central College. MIT will be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with a trip to Regis College while Sage hits the road the following day for a battle at SUNY Poly.