Men’s Volleyball Closes UVC Play with 3-1 Victory Over No. 15 Elmira

Men’s Volleyball Closes UVC Play with 3-1 Victory Over No. 15 Elmira

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, No. 15 Elmira College 1 (25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 25-19)

- Records: MIT (15-6, 4-5 UVC); No. 15 Elmira College (19-9, 5-4 UVC)

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

- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team closed its United Volleyball Conference (UVC) schedule with a 3-1 win over No. 15 Elmira College on Saturday afternoon in New York.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- A 6-2 run midway through the first set extended MIT's lead from 10-9 to 16-11 and proved to be enough distance for the Engineers as they took the opening stanza, 25-20. The run featured single kills by Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.), a service ace by Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) and three Elmira errors. Then with the score at 22-18 after a kill by Dong, kills by Hall and Wang paired with an attacking error from the hosts gave the Engineers a 25-20 set one win.

- The second set was tied 13 different times with the final time coming with the score at 23-23 after Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.), Dong and Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) blocked down an attack from Ryan McDonough. However, a kill by Landon Miller and a block assist from Miller and Jose Malave gave Elmira the second set, 25-23.

- MIT rallied back from an early 8-2 deficit in the third set to eventually tie the score at 20-20 after Hall and Smith blocked down a swing by Malave. Late in the third, the score was even at 22, 23, 24 and 25 before a kill by Dong from freshman Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) and a service ace from Wang gave MIT a 27-25 set three win and a 2-1 match lead.

- Tied at 5-5 in the fourth set after an Elmira service error, the Engineers went on a 9-3 run which featured five kills from Smith, one kill from Kaufman, a service ace by Dong and two errors by Elmira to take a 14-8 lead. The hosts never got any closer than five points from the MIT lead as a kill by Wang, his ninth of the day, gave MIT the fourth set, 25-19, and the match by a 3-1 score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT hit .300 overall in today's match (55-19-120) which included a .407 (14-3-27) clip in the third set. Smith led the way for the Engineers with a match-high 19 kills, while Kaufman added 14 and Wang posted nine kills of his own. In addition to his five kills on seven swings, Dong dished out 43 assists, had three service aces and four digs.

- Defensively, Wang tallied a match-high 11 digs and sophomore libero Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) added 10 digs of his own. Hall accounted for a team-high three solo blocks, while Kaufman and Dong had seven and five block assists, respectively.

- Today's win marked the third straight victory over Elmira for MIT and is now 6-3 in the overall series between the two programs which dates back to 2012.

UP NEXT:

- MIT welcomes Rivier University for a non-conference match on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the match, the Engineers will honor their two seniors Tavish Smith and Andrew Hall.

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