No. 13 MIT Goes 2-2 at Golden Flyer Invitational

Junior Paul Syta
Junior Paul Syta

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men's volleyball saw its record move to 5-5 on the year after a 2-2 performance at the Golden Flyer Invitational hosted by Nazareth College this past weekend. The Engineers swept No. 11 Medaille College, 25-22, 20-15, 25-20, but fell to Elmira College, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 27-25, 15-7, on Saturday. The next day, MIT blanked Southern Vermont College, 27-25, 25-21, 25-19, and then dropped a 28-30, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 15-8 decision to No. 5 Nazareth. Junior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the all-tournament team.

Senior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) produced 14 kills, a .310 hitting performance, five digs, and three aces against Medaille while junior Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) registered nine kills, a .444 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Senior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied six blocks, five kills, and four digs as Syta posted 30 assists and seven digs. Freshman Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) and sophomore Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) rounded out the defense with six and four digs, respectively.

Against Elmira, Hohenberger amassed 26 kills, a .400 hitting effort, five digs, and two aces as Vatterott notched nine kills, a .571 hitting percentage, two blocks, and an ace. Siebert contributed eight digs and six kills while freshman Tavish Smith (Oceanside, Calif.) bolstered the attack with five kills. Syta had 44 assists and five kills on seven attempts as Chang and Omahan collected 15 and 10 digs.

Syta earned a double-double on 35 assists and 10 digs to go along with two blocks versus Southern Vermont. Hohenberger totaled 11 kills and a .421 hitting percentage as Omahan posted eight kills and seven digs. Sophomore Tyler Nolan (Sayville, N.Y.) registered eight kills and a .400 hitting performance while Vatterott chipped in five kills. Chang generated 11 digs as sophomore Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) notched three blocks.

In the finale with Nazareth, Hohenberger amassed 14 kills, six digs, three blocks, and two aces. Syta racked up 40 assists, nine digs, five kills on five attempts, and two aces. Siebert finished with 12 kills, four digs, and three blocks while Vatterott had five kills and three blocks. Busse bolstered the front row with four kills and four blocks as the tandem of Chang and Omahan totaled eight and seven digs, respectively.

MIT continues its roadtrip on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at local foe Mount Ida College.