No. 9 Engineers Blank Newbury

Sophomore Ken Siebert
Sophomore Ken Siebert

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nationally-ranked No. 9 MIT swept local foe Newbury College, 25-15, 25-11, 25-12, in a non-conference men's volleyball match on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 26-8 on the year while the Nighthawks concluded their season with a record of 8-17.

MIT quickly built a 10-3 lead in the opening set but miscues coupled with a kill and ace from senior Chris Chin (Brockton, Mass.) brought Newbury within two (11-9). The Engineers picked up the next three points courtesy of kills by graduate-student Malcolm Bean (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) along with a block from Bean and sophomore Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.). The Nighthawks stayed close, capitalizing on a pair of errors and a block by sophomores Cody Braden (Fair Grove, Mo.) and Justin Franks (Mamaroneck, N.Y.). MIT gained some breathing room with another three-point spurt, but after an exchange of side-outs a strike by Franks narrowed the gap to four (19-15). The Engineers responded by tallying the final six points for the win, as Siebert accounted for two kills and a block with senior David Thomas (Carlsbad, Calif.).

After trading points to start the second set, the Cardinal and Gray generated a 10-1 run which eventually grew to a 17-6 advantage. Newbury countered with a 4-1 spurt that featured two kills from freshman Chi Yin Li (Framingham, Mass.), one by Franks, and a hitting error by the hosts. This was as close as it would get as MIT registered seven of the last eight points in the frame. Freshman Brad Gross (Centerville, Va.) posted three kills and collaborated with classmate Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) for a block that resulted in set point while a solo block by Bean clinched the victory.

With the final frame tied at three, a block by Bean and senior Benson George (East Meadow, N.Y.) ignited a 7-1 run by the Engineers. Chin's kill stopped the rally and was followed by exchange of points which resulted in the Nighthawks trailing, 12-7. Hitting errors by the visitors fueled another MIT run that created a 22-9 lead. Once again, a blast by Chin prevented the Engineers from increasing their margin. Both squads alternated scoring until a strike by Busse ended the match.

Siebert totaled eight kills, four digs, and three blocks while Busse finished with five blocks and four kills. Thomas posted six kills, followed by five from Gross and four by Hohenberger and Klein. Bean notched four blocks as junior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) bolstered the front row with three blocks. Senior Daniel Sngiem (Long Beach, Calif.) earned three aces while sophomore Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) dished out 18 assists. Sophomore Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) rounded out the Engineers with 12 assists and two aces.

Chin recorded five kills and an ace while Franks notched five kills and two blocks for Newbury. Braden contributed 11 assists and an ace as junior Alex Amylon (Scituate, R.I.) tacked on six digs.

MIT will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 14 when its hosts No. 2 Springfield College.