Engineers Finish Second at MIT Scramble Tournament

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. 13 MIT went undefeated en route to second place at the MIT Men's Volleyball Scramble Tournament this past weekend. No. 1 Springfield College also went through the tournament unscathed; however, the Pride had the advantage in sets won-lost, 12-0 to 12-1, which helped it capture the title. Senior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) represented the Engineers (23-11) on the all-tournament team.

MIT opened the weekend by defeating Regis College, 25-13, 25-12, 25-12. Senior Patrick Vatterott (St. Louis, Mo.) paced a balanced attack with five kills to go along with a .667 hitting performance, three blocks, and two aces. Freshman Tavish Smith (Oceanside, Calif.) registered four kills, four digs, and four blocks as fellow rookie Andrew Hochstadt (Roselle, Ill.) chipped in three kills and three blocks. Sophomore Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) contributed three kills and two blocks while classmate Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) tacked on four digs, three kills, and two aces. Freshman Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) bolstered the defense with four digs as freshman Kevin Tu (Saratoga, Calif.) added three digs and two aces. Syta posted seven assists and two aces in the first set while junior Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) notched 13 assists, four aces, and three digs.

In Friday's nightcap with Bard, the Engineers came away with a 25-8, 25-9, 25-16 victory. Sophomore Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) led the way for MIT with 11 kills on 15-errorless attempts for a .733 hitting percentage in addition to collecting four digs and two blocks. Vatterott finshed with eight kills, a .636 hitting percentage, and three blocks while Hohenberger produced seven kills, five aces, five digs, and two blocks. Junior Ken Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) tacked on six kills as Busse and Hochstadt both added two blocks. Syta dished out 22 assists and earned two aces while Wang totaled 12 assists. Chang racked up a team-high 13 digs, followed by six from Tu and five by Smith.

On Saturday morning, MIT blanked Southern Vermont College, 25-11, 25-20, 25-16. Busse posted 10 kills and a .500 hitting performance as Siebert came in next with nine kills. Klein registered eight kills and two blocks while Vatterott rounded out the front row with two blocks. Chang amassed 22 digs as Smith contributed seven of his own. Syta tallied 27 assists and six digs while Wang distributed 10 helpers.

In the finale with No. 14 Elmira College, the Engineers emerged with a 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-17, victory. Hohenberger compiled 17 kills, 10 blocks, six digs, and two aces as Klein added 13 kills and a .524 hitting percentage. Siebert posted 11 digs and eight kills while Vatterott notched seven blocks. Busse bolstered the front row with six kills and three blocks as Syta generated 42 assists, 10 digs, three aces, and three blocks. Chang racked up 19 digs while Omahan added seven to the cause.

Next up for MIT will be its final home match of the season on Tuesday, April 9 against Endicott College.