- Score: MIT 3, Emerson College 0 (25-11, 25-17, 29-27)
- Records: MIT (12-3); Emerson (4-2)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: Facing each other for the second time in 10 days, the MIT men's volleyball team generated another three-set win over Emerson College, this time by scores of 25-11, 25-17, 29-27, on Tuesday night. Freshman Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) powered the Engineers with a match-high 10 kills, 10 digs, and four aces while Win Kittivatcharapong paced the Lions with four kills and two blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT established a 6-2 lead in the first set but Emerson narrowed the gap to 7-4 on a kill by Mark Piorkowski. The Engineers responded with an 18-7 run to claim the set.
- After a back and forth start to the second stanza, MIT gradually built a 15-9 advantage. The Lions stayed within striking distance as an ace by Diego Garcia trimmed the deficit to four (19-15). The hosts replied with a 6-2 spurt which featured two kills and an ace by Nelson that helped secure the win.
- Trailing 20-12 in the third set, Emerson battled back to tie the score at 24 courtesy of an MIT hitting error. After trading points another hitting miscue by the Engineers gave the Lions a 26-25 edge. MIT went back in front following a block by freshman Colton Stearns (Los Altos, Calif.) and sophomore Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) and a hitting error by the Lions. A serving error extended the frame for the visitors but a Kaufman kill coupled with an Emerson hitting error resulted in a 29-27 win for the Cardinal and Gray.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Kaufman finished with eight kills and three blocks while senior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) chipped in six kills. Senior Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.) collected nine digs, followed by six from classmate Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.). Sophomore Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) rounded out the squad with 27 assists and six digs.
- Carl D'Aguiar generated eight digs as Garcia bolstered Emerson's back row with six digs. Nick Rusk posted 11 assists and five digs while Stig Regan produced two blocks.
- MIT hosts nationally-ranked #7 Kean University on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Emerson, meanwhile, concludes its road trip on Thursday, Feb. 16 with a trip to GNAC conference foe Lasell College slated for an 8:00 p.m. start.