No. 11 MIT Finishes Second at Men’s Volleyball Scramble Tournament

Junior Matt Hohenberger and graduate-student Malcolm Bean
Junior Matt Hohenberger and graduate-student Malcolm Bean

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT went undefeated en route to second place at the MIT Men's Volleyball Scramble Tournament this past weekend. No. 2 Springfield College also went through the tournament unscathed; however, the Pride had the advantage in sets won-lost, 12-0 to 12-4, which helped it capture the title. Graduate-student Malcolm Bean (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) represented the Engineers on the all-tournament team.

The Cardinal and Gray opened the weekend by defeating Bard College, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21. Hohenberger paced the balanced attack with 10 kills and a .529 hitting percentage to go along with four aces. Freshman Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) added nine kills, a .500 hitting performance, and four blocks as junior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) posted six blocks and five kills. Sophomore Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) chipped in five kills and three blocks while senior David Thomas (Carlsbad, Calif.) bolstered the front row with three blocks. Seniors Jeremy Velazquez (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Daniel Sngiem (Long Beach, Calif.) both registered six digs as freshman Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) tacked on five of his own. Sophomore Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied 16 assists, eight digs, and three aces while classmate Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) contributed eight assists and two blocks in one set.

Against No. 8 Medaille College, MIT emerged with a hard-fought 25-13, 25-18, 8-25, 26-28, 16-14 victory. Siebert compiled 18 kills, six digs, three aces, and two blocks as Hohenberger tallied 12 kills, three blocks, and two aces. Vatterott recorded nine blocks and seven kills while Thomas finished with eight kills, six blocks, and four digs. Klein had eight kills and two blocks as Sngiem led the way with 10 digs. Velazquez chipped in five digs while Syta generated 40 assists and three blocks.

In another five-set thriller, MIT rallied for a 22-25, 12-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-7 come-from-behind win over Philadelphia Biblical University on Saturday morning. Hohenberger totaled 11 kills, eight digs, and two aces as Siebert registered 15 kills, two aces, and two blocks. Klein posted five kills and two blocks while Bean had six kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Velazquez gathered a team-high nine digs as freshman Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) strengthened the front row with three blocks followed by two from Vatterott. Wang dished out 27 assists while Syta earned 13 assists and two aces.

The Engineers blanked Southern Vermont College, 25-17, 25-21, 25-21, in the final match of the tournament. Siebert had a team-high 10 kills and .571 hitting percentage while Bean had seven kills, a .429 hitting performance, and two blocks. Busse notched six kills and two blocks as Hohenberger contributed six kills and five digs. Omahan totaled five kills and five digs while Vatterott posted five kills, one block, and an ace. Freshman Brad Gross (Centreville, Va.) added four kills and an ace as Velazquez picked up eight digs. Wang rounded out the squad with 30 assists and four digs.

Next up for MIT will be a home match on Tuesday, April 10 against Newbury College.