MIT 3, Elms College 0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-21)
MIT 3, John Jay College 0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-20)
- Records: MIT (15-3); Elms (8-5); John Jay (4-6)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: MIT defeated Elms College (25-17, 25-21, 25-21) and John Jay College (25-19, 25-10, 25-20) in a men's volleyball tri-match on Saturday. With the victories, the Engineers extended their winning streak to 10 while also recording their fifth straight 3-0 decision.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH ONE vs. Elms:
- MIT built a 12-7 lead in the first set but Elms replied with a 5-1 spurt as a kill by Daniel Bondarovsky brought it within one (13-12). The Engineers countered with a 12-5 run, using an ace by freshman Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) to win the set.
- The hosts gradually established a 15-9 lead in the second set. Despite the deficit the Blazers continued to attack, coming within 21-20 on a kill from Gabriel Reis Levy. MIT claimed four of the final five points to secure the win.
- The third set was a back and forth affair as there were 11 ties and five lead changes. A hitting error gave Elms a 15-10 lead but the Engineers put together an 8-2 run to go in front. Following two ties and a lead change, a kill by Reis Levy moved the score to 20-19 in favor of the Blazers. MIT responded with a 6-1 match-ending burst that was capped by a block from senior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) and sophomores Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) and Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Krasuski totaled 10 kills, eight digs, and two blocks as Kaufman posted seven kills and three blocks. Junior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) notched eight kills while Dong tallied 35 assists, six digs, two aces, and two blocks. As a team, the Engineers finished with a .418 hitting percentage.
- Reis Levy led all players with 14 kills and had a .323 hitting performance while Bondarovsky compiled eight kills, eight digs, and two blocks. David Hernandez contributed seven kills and a .375 hitting effort as John Dunphy generated 27 assists and six digs. Audrye Alejandro collected a match-high nine digs while Dervin Dimanche bolstered the defense with two blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. John Jay:
- The first set was closely played as there were seven ties and three lead changes. Knotted at 16, MIT mounted a 9-3 run, clinching the win on a kill from sophomore Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.).
- The Engineers recorded the first five points of the second stanza and never looked back as they cruised to a 25-10 victory.
- The Cardinal and Gray jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the final frame but John Jay eventually went in front, 15-14, after a pair of hitting errors and a kill by Juan DeJesus. Back-to-back hitting errors coupled with a kill by junior Tom Leech (Meadville, Pa.) and an ace from classmate Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) gave MIT some breathing room before pulling away for the 25-20 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Leech registered a match-high nine kills, followed by seven from freshman Cameron Burnett (Solana Beach, Calif.) and six by Gasparich. Hall finished with two aces and three blocks as freshman Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) produced 26 assists and four digs. Senior Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.) led all players with 10 digs.
- Edwin Hernandez racked up six kills, five digs, three blocks, and two aces for the Bloodhounds while Francisco Miranda contributed six kills and five digs. Steven Alvarado dished out 17 assists as Alexander Santana tacked on two blocks.
- MIT hosts #12 Lasell College on Thursday, Feb. 23 starting at 7:00 p.m. John Jay is back in action on Monday, Feb. 20 in a CUNYAC multi-match at Baruch College which also includes Lehman College. Elms returns to the court the following day at NECC foe Southern Vermont College.