Men's Volleyball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With 3-0 Sweep of Bard

Men's Volleyball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With 3-0 Sweep of Bard

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, Bard College 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-10)

- Records: MIT (14-6, 3-5 UVC), Bard College (3-18, 0-8 UVC)

- Location: Elmira, N.Y. (Speidel Gymnasium)

- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team kept its playoff hopes alive as they swept Bard College on Friday night in New York. The Engineers will need a win against host Elmira and a loss by NYU tomorrow in order to clinch a spot in the 2018 United Volleyball Conference (UVC) postseason tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT used an 8-1 run to push its lead from 9-8 to 17-9 which was a large enough advantage to win the first set. The opening set run featured a kill and a service ace by Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) as well as a kill by Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) and five errors by Bard. The two teams traded the final four points of the first set, but it was a service error and a kill by Wang which gave MIT the opening stanza by a 25-20 score.

- Tied at 20-20 late in the second set, MIT scored five of the set's final six points to win it by a 25-22 score. A kill by Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) tied the score at 21-21 before an error gave Bard the lead back 22-21. However, three Bard errors and a service ace by Hall secured the second set win for the Engineers. 

- The Engineers scored the first four points of the third set and never looked back as MIT took the third, 25-10, and the match 3-0. Late in the stanza, Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) extended MIT's lead to 22-9 on a kill from Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) and then he closed it out off a feed by Smith to secure the sweep and to keep the Engineers playoff hopes alive.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT used a balanced attack as eight different Engineers registered at least one kill. Linnus led the way for MIT with eight kills, which is a career-high for the freshman. Kaufman, Hall and Smith all added four kills to the effort for MIT.

- Kulinski and junior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) shared setting duties as Kulinski dished out 17 assists, while Dong had 12.

- Defensively, Parker Hall (Lomita, Calif.) and Wang led MIT with seven digs apiece, while A. Hall posted a team-high four block assists. 

UP NEXT: 

- MIT will return to the court tomorrow afternoon for its final UVC match of the season against host and No. 15 Elmira College at 2:30 p.m. The Engineers will need a win and a loss by NYU in order to make the UVC conference tournament.

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