Men's Volleyball Upsets No. 7 NYU, 3-0

Men's Volleyball Upsets No. 7 NYU, 3-0

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, No. 7 NYU 0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-17)

- Records: MIT (9-2, 2-2 UVC); No. 7 NYU (6-4, 1-2 UVC)

- Location: Hoboken, N.J. (Canavan Arena)

- The Lead: Up two sets to none, the MIT men's volleyball team hit .538 in the third set to secure a three-set sweep of No. 7 New York University in a United Volleyball Conference (UVC) match on Sunday morning on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. The Engineers, who are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division III poll, defeated the Violets by set scores of 25-23, 25-11, 25-17. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the first, the Engineers trailed by a score of 21-17. After MIT called a timeout, the Engineers rattled off the next four points on a kill by Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.), a service ace from Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) and two errors by NYU. Both teams traded points until the score was even at 23-23, the sixth time that the set was tied. MIT got single kills by freshmen Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.) and Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) to win the first 25-23.

- In the second set, MIT led from start to finish and doubled its advantage with a dominant 25-11 win. Three errors by NYU to start the set gave MIT a 3-0 lead and the Engineers never looked back. In the second, MIT got three kills from both Wang and Smith as well as single kills via Pasko, classmate Andrew Callahan (Western Springs, Ill.) and junior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.). Smith also registered three straight service aces midway through the stanza, which extended MIT's lead from 15-7 to 18-7.

- MIT closed the match in the third as the Engineers led once again from start to finish of the set to win 25-17 and to secure the three-set sweep of the nationally-ranked Violets. Kills from Smith and Callahan, paired with three errors from NYU gave MIT an early 5-1 lead. The Violets got within two multiple times, the final time coming at 16-14 before MIT scored five straight to put the game away. In that run with Kaufman serving, Smith had one kill, Wang had one kill and Kaufman registered back-to-back service aces. A final kill by Pasko and blocks by Callahan and Kaufman gave MIT the 25-17 set win and the 3-0 sweep.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Wang registered a career-high and team-high 12 kills for a hitting percentage of .318, while Smith added 11 kills (11-3-25, .320) and Pasko posted seven kills (7-0-11, .636) for MIT this morning.

- Dong handed out 32 assists, while Smith tallied a career-high five service aces. Dong and Kaufman also added two service aces apiece for the Engineers as well. Defensively, sophomore libero Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) gathered a match-high 14 digs, while Callahan and Kaufman both notched four block assists. As a team, MIT registered a total of eight blocks (one solo, 13 assists). 

- Today's win over NYU marked the first time MIT has beaten the Violets since 2014, which also resulted in a 3-0 sweep. In the all-time series, MIT is now 5-10 against NYU. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT is off until Tuesday, February 27 when the Engineers head across the river to take on No. 13 Wentworth Institute of Technology at 7:00 p.m. That match against the Leopards will be the third straight match against a nationally-ranked opponent for MIT.

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