Men’s Volleyball Splits With Ramapo and No. 1 Springfield in 2018 Finale

Men’s Volleyball Splits With Ramapo and No. 1 Springfield in 2018 Finale

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 3, Ramapo College 2 (25-22, 20-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13)
No. 1 Springfield College 3, MIT 1 (25-12, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16)

- Records: MIT (16-9), Ramapo College (8-20), No. 1 Springfield College (28-1)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)

- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team closed its 2018 campaign with tri-match hosted by No. 1 Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers topped Ramapo College in five sets by set scores of 25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13 before falling to top-ranked Springfield, 3-1 by set scores of 25-12, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. RAMAPO:

- Trailing by a score of 21-20 at the end of the first set, the Engineers used five Ramapo errors to win the opening set by a 25-22 score. MIT was down by three points, 11-8, midway through the stanza, but a 4-0 run which featured a kill by Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) and three Ramapo errors, pushed the Engineers out in front for the first time, 12-11. Both teams proceeded to trade points until the score read 21-20 in favor of the Roadrunners which was followed by the Engineers set-ending spurt.

- A 7-1 opening run by Ramapo in the second set gave the Roadrunners all of the distance they would need to even the match up at 1-1. MIT went on a quick 3-0 run midway through the second, thanks to a kill by Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and back-to-back service aces by Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.), made the score 15-12, but Ramapo kept its lead all the way through and a kill by Paul Close gave the Roadrunners the second set, 25-20.

- With the score at 19-14 in favor of Ramapo, the Engineers cut the deficit to two at 19-17 late in the third set. A bad set, blocks by Wang and Kaufman as well as an ace by Parker Hall (Lomita, Calif.) sparked a rally for the Engineers. However, Ramapo went on a 6-3 set-ending run to win the second, 25-20 and to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

- The Engineers trailed by a score of 12-9 midway through the fourth set and then outscored Ramapo by a 16-7 margin to send the match to a fifth set, 25-19. The long rally featured a 10-2 run which saw freshman Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.) register two kills and a solo block and saw Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) notch two kills of his own which put MIT out in front, 21-16. A kill by Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) paired with a service error by Ramapo sent the match to a fifth set.

- In the fifth, MIT jumped out to a 7-3 lead after two straight kills by Pasko. Ramapo rallied and eventually tied the score at 13-13 which forced the Engineers to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, MIT's 14th point came on a service error by Ramapo and a service ace from Wang gave the Engineers the five-set win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Smith notched a match-high 18 kills on 49 swings, while Pasko added nine kills and Kaufman and A. Hall both had seven. As a team, the Engineers hit .200 (48-21-135).

- Defensively, the Engineers had three student-athletes with double digit digs led by freshman Christopher Cheung (San Diego, Calif.) who had 11. P. Hall and Wang both tallied ten digs of their own accounting for 31 of the 48 digs for MIT. Kulinski, Kaufman and Pasko also all had solo blocks in the first match today.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. SPRINGFIELD:

- In the first set, MIT jumped out to an early 6-4 lead after two kills by Pasko, but Springfield went on am 11-2 run to put the opening set out of reach. The Engineers tried to climb back into the set after a kill by Andrew Callahan (Western Springs, Ill.), which made the score 18-11, but the Pride allowed just one other point to the Engineers – a service error – before the hosts took set one, 25-12.

- Pasko and Kaufman secured a second-set victory for MIT. Trailing 21-20 back-to-back kills by Pasko and Kaufman put the Engineers out in front 22-21. Then with the score even once again at 22-22, Kaufman and Pasko notched the three final points on kills to give the Engineers a 25-23 second set win.

- After Pasko notched the opening point for the Engineers in the third set, Springfield went on a 7-2 run and never looked back. MIT cut the deficit back to four at 11-7 but with the Pride up 18-13 late in the third, Springfield closed the set on a 7-0 to take the set, 25-13 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

- Two big runs for the Pride secured the match for top-ranked Springfield. The hosts went ahead 9-4 and then midway through the stanza scored four straight to up their lead to eight, 15-7. Both teams traded points down the stretch, but a kill by Billy De La Espriella gave Springfield the fourth and final set, 25-16, and the match 3-1.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:


- Smith once again registered double-digit kills with a team-high 12 in the second match and was joined in double figures by Kaufman, who had ten kills of his own and hit .533 (10-2-15) against Springfield.

- Defensively, P. Hall led the Engineers with eight digs, while Callahan, Kaufman and A. Hall all had one solo block apiece.

- The Engineers closed their 2018 season tonight with an overall record of 16-9 marking the 14th straight year in which MIT has registered at least 15 victories. This season, MIT tallied four wins over nationally-ranked opponents including No. 7 NYU, No. 13 Wentworth, No.14 Eastern Mennonite and No. 15 Elmira under first-year head coach Todd Elwell.

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