MIT Captures Johnson & Wales Invitational Title

Seniors Patrick Vatterott and Matt Hohenberger
Seniors Patrick Vatterott and Matt Hohenberger

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT men's volleyball team swept its way to first place at the Johnson & Wales University Invitational held this past weekend. The Engineers (18-11) topped Daniel Webster College (25-15, 25-23, 25-15), York College (N.Y.) (25-16, 25-18, 25-20), New Jersey City University (25-19, 25-11, 25-13), and the host Wildcats (25-15, 25-16, 25-16) for their first tournament crown of the season. Senior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) was named the Tournament MVP while classmate Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) secured a spot on the all-tournament team.

In the opener with Daniel Webster, Hohenberger posted 12 kills and a .500 hitting performance in two sets as Vatterott connected on seven of his 11 hitting attempts for a .636 hitting percentage. Sophomore Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) also had seven kills while freshman Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) collected 12 digs. Freshman Kevin Tu (Saratoga, Calif.) recorded eight digs and two aces as sophomore Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) added four digs. Junior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) dished out 22 assists while classmate Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) tacked on nine of his own.

Against York, Vatterott generated seven kills, a .750 hitting percentage, and three blocks while junior Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) registered seven kills and two blocks. Hohenberger contributed six kills as Chang notched eight digs. Wang distributed 18 assists while Busse earned two aces.

Hohenberger amassed 18 kills on 21-errorless hitting attempts for a .857 hitting performance versus NJCU. Sophomore Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) posted six kills and two blocks as Vatterott tallied five kills, five aces, and four digs. Busse and Siebert also chipped in five kills while Busse notched two blocks. Chang totaled nine digs as Omahan finished with five digs and two aces. Syta registered 26 assists and four digs while Wang dished out 15 assists.

In the finale with Johnson & Wales, Siebert racked up 10 kills, a .625 hitting effort, four digs, and three aces. Hohenberger had a team-high 13 kills to go along with four digs while Busse produced nine kills and a .818 hitting percentage. Vatterott tacked on five kills and two blocks as Chang recorded 11 digs. Syta rounded out the squad with 35 assists.

MIT returns to action on Thursday, March 21 when its hosts local foe Emmanuel College.