Men's Volleyball Sweeps #7 Kean

Junior Tavish Smith
Junior Tavish Smith

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, #7 Kean University 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-20)

- Records: MIT (13-3); Kean (10-4)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team defeated nationally-ranked #7 Kean University, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20, in non-conference action on Friday night. Junior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) produced a match-high nine kills for the Engineers while Jared Warner and Steven Zarzycki paced the Cougars' balanced attack with six kills apiece.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- A trio of Kean hitting errors gave MIT an 11-6 lead in the first set. The Engineers maintained the comfortable cushion for most of the set but a kill by Zarzycki narrowed the gap to 17-14. MIT replied with a 6-2 spurt to gain some breathing room before reaching set point at 24-18 on a kill from junior Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.). A kill by Warner extended the frame; however, a strike from sophomore Steven Timberman (Merrick, N.Y.) secured the win.

- After a back and forth start to the second stanza, the hosts inched out to an 8-4 lead. Kean stayed close, trimming the deficit to three on two occasions, the last at 12-9 on a block by Shayron Taylor. MIT responded with a 10-4 run en route to a 25-17 victory.

- The Engineers jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set but the Cougars capitalized on two kills by Dylan Flor and an MIT miscue to come within 5-4. The Cardinal and Gray replied with a 13-5 run to take control of the set. Kean countered with an 11-6 run as a kill from Jacob Milnazik fought off match point for the third time and moved the score to 24-20. The comeback attempt was denied due to a serving error by the Cougars.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) posted eight kills and two blocks as sophomore Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) tallied eight kills, a .615 hitting performance, and three blocks for the Engineers. Senior Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.) led all players with 14 digs while sophomore Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) registered 32 assists and 11 digs.

- Kevin Barrow produced 23 assists and two blocks as Nick Breslin collected 12 digs. Taylor and Jay Bynum rounded out Kean's defense with two blocks apiece.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18. MIT will host Elms College and John Jay College in a tri-match beginning at 12:00 p.m. Kean, meanwhile, will travel to #13 Rivier University for a tri-match that will also feature Regis College.

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