Cambridge, Mass. (September 28) – The MIT men's volleyball program has announced its slate of games for the 2018 season, which will feature a 26-match schedule that includes nine United Volleyball Conference (UVC) contests and ten home games inside Rockwell Cage. The Engineers, which closed the 2017 campaign ranked No. 15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III national poll, will be under the direction of first-year head coach Todd Elwell.
MIT will face-off against six of the top-seven teams from last year's final AVCA national poll including Division III National Champion and No. 1 Springfield College (Apr. 7), No. 2 SUNY New Paltz (March 25), No. 3 Stevens Institute of Technology (Feb. 18), No. 4 Wentworth Institute of Technology (Feb. 27), No. 5 Vassar College (March 10) and No. 7 New York University (Feb. 17). The Engineers will open their home schedule on Tuesday, January 23 with a match against Regis College at 7:00 p.m. and play their first UVC match at home against Nazareth College on Saturday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Other key matchups for MIT will come on March 3 at No. 12 Lasell College, which was the runner-up in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and March 7 at Endicott College, which claimed the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship for the fifth straight season in 2017.
Returning to the squad this season are seniors Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.), both who were UVC All-Academic Team selections last year. Additionally, the Engineers will welcome back UVC All-Conference honorees Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.), Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) and Smith back to the team in 2018. A year ago, Kaufman broke the program record for hitting percentage in a single season with a mark of .416.