No. 14 Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Regis in Home Opener

No. 14 Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Regis in Home Opener

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 14 MIT 3, Regis College 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-13) 

- Records: No. 14 MIT (3-0), Regis College (0-1) 

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The No. 14 MIT men's volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over Regis College by set scores of 25-15, 25-15, 25-13 in its 2018 home opener on Tuesday night inside Rockwell Cage.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Back-to-back kills by MIT junior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) gave the Engineers an early 3-1 lead in the first set before they scored seven of the next 11 points to extend the lead to 10-5 as senior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) posted a pair of kills during the run. Regis pulled back with one point at 10-9 midway through the frame after a miscue by the Engineers, but MIT went on an 11-2 run to put the opening set away by an eventual score of 25-15.

- The first half of the second set featured five ties before the Engineers got three straight points – two of which came on kills by Smith - for the 12-9 lead. Up 14-11 and with senior Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) serving the ball, MIT rattled off five points in a row, which included a service ace, one kill by Kaufman, one kill by freshman Andrew Callahan (Western Springs, Ill.) as well as a pair of errors by Regis as MIT went up by eight at 19-11. The visitors were able to pull within seven (22-15), but MIT scored four of the set's final five points thanks to two kills by Callahan and two errors to win 25-15.

- Much like the second set, both teams traded points early on in the third before MIT jumped out in front 9-8 on an attacking error by Regis. After the visitors called a timeout, the Engineers allowed just five points and scored 16 of their own to win the set, 25-13, and the match 3-0. During the run, freshman Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) notched a trio of kills and Kaufman's kill – up 24-13 - off a feed by sophomore Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) ended the home opening match for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Smith led MIT with ten kills that went along with eight digs and a service ace, while Callahan posted nine kills and seven digs for the Engineers. Sophomore Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) paced MIT with ten digs and junior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) dished out a game-high 26 assists.

- The Engineers held a 34-20 advantage in kills, a 31-20 margin in assists, a 41-32 differential in digs and a 46.5-25 lead in points. MIT also hit .256 (34 kills on 82 attacks), while Regis swung at a clip of -.046 (20 kills on 87 attacks).

- MIT is now 10-0 in the all-time series with Regis College and this is the first time since 2013 that the Engineers swept the Pride. The last time the final score read 3-0 in favor of MIT was back on April 5, 2013 at the MIT Scramble Tournament.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is off until next Friday, February 2 when the Engineers host Eastern Nazarene College for a non-conference match beginning at 7:00 p.m. inside Rockwell Cage.

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