MIT Collects UVC All-Conference Accolades

Sophomore Yize Dong, sophomore Skyler Kaufman, and junior Tavish Smith
Sophomore Yize Dong, sophomore Skyler Kaufman, and junior Tavish Smith

Elmira, N.Y. (April 12) – For the second time in program history the MIT men's volleyball team received a trio of All-Conference honors from the United Volleyball Conference (UVC). Sophomore Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) was voted to the second team while classmate Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) and junior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) earned spots on the honorable mention list.

The 2016 UVC Rookie of the Year, Dong currently ranks 15th in the country in assists per set (9.69) while standing third in the conference in the same category. The setter directs an offense that ranks eighth in the country in kills per set (12.24) and 14th in hitting percentage (.258). Within the UVC, the Engineers rank second in kills per set and third in hitting percentage.

The recipient of his first postseason award, Kaufman is 10th in the nation and second in the UVC in hitting percentage (.417) while also ranking sixth in the conference in blocks per set (0.88). Smith, also a first-time honoree, stands fourth in the UVC in kills per set (3.21) and 12th in hitting percentage (.276).

Nationally-ranked No. 12 MIT (20-9) returns to action on Thursday, April 13 as the No. 5 seed for the UVC Tournament hosted by nationally-ranked No. 2 Vassar College. The Engineers will take on No. 4 seed and nationally-ranked No. 4 SUNY New Paltz at 5:00 p.m. in the first quarterfinal match of the day.

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