Men’s Volleyball Finishes as Runner-up at MIT Invitational

Senior Matt Hohenberger and junior Paul Syta
Senior Matt Hohenberger and junior Paul Syta

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, nationally-ranked No. 15 MIT and No. 10 Rivier University met in what proved to be the championship match of the MIT Men's Volleyball Invitational, but it was the Raiders who emerged with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 15-13 victory to capture the title on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the weekend, the Engineers swept Emerson College (25-12, 25-13, 25-14), Johnson & Wales University (25-20, 25-14, 25-19), and Lasell College (25-22, 25-19, 25-21). Senior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) represented the Cardinal and Gray on the all-tournament team.

Hohenberger produced a match-high 10 kills on 12 attempts for an .833 hitting performance to go along with four digs against Emerson. Junior Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) both generated six kills and a .364 hitting percentage as Siebert added two aces while Busse tacked on two blocks. Sophomore Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) connected on six of his seven hitting attempts as classmate Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) posted five kills and four digs. Freshman Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) collected six digs while fellow rookie Kevin Tu (Saratoga, Calif.) notched four digs and two aces. Syta totaled 25 assists and two aces as junior Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) dished out 13 assists.

Against Johnson & Wales, Hohenberger and Siebert compiled 16 and 12 kills, respectively, while tallying seven digs apiece. Klein and Busse both had two blocks as Chang racked up 13 digs, followed by five from Tu. Syta finished with 22 assists and five digs while Wang had another 13-assist performance.

In Sunday's opener with Lasell, Hohenberger amassed 20 kills, a .630 hitting percentage, five digs, and two blocks. Siebert chipped in seven kills as Omahan recorded five kills on 10 hitting attempts and five digs. Busse bolstered the attack with five kills while senior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) earned three blocks. Syta tallied 22 assists and 10 digs as Chang added seven digs.

Syta registered 46 assists, 10 digs, six kills, three blocks, and two aces versus Rivier. Hohenberger led the way with 22 kills to go along with four blocks as Siebert posted 10 kills and seven digs. Vatterott notched seven kills and seven blocks while Busse contributed seven kills and two blocks. Chang paced the Engineers with 13 digs as Omahan chipped in 10 digs, five kills, and three blocks.

Next up for MIT (9-6) will be a trip to the Baruch College Tournament on Feb. 23-24 where it will face No. 5 Stevens Institute of Technology, No. 11 Elmira College, No. 12 Stevenson University, and No. 14 Vassar College.