Engineers Go 2-1 at UVC Crossover

Junior Alex Klein
Junior Alex Klein

ELMIRA, N.Y. – At the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Crossover Tournament hosted by Elmira College this past weekend, the No. 3 MIT men's volleyball team swept Hilbert College and Penn State – Behrend but dropped a five-set battle to Medaille College. The 2-1 performance moved the Engineers' ledger to 15-4 on the year and 8-2 in UVC action.

In its only match of the day on Saturday, MIT defeated Hilbert, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. Senior Kenny Siebert (St. Louis, Mo.) paced the balanced attack with 10 kills and a .643 hitting percentage to go along with two aces. Junior Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) produced seven kills and a .455 hitting performance as classmate Bradley Gross (Centreville, Va.) turned in seven kills, a .429 hitting effort, and two blocks. Freshman Sean Kropp (Fairless Hills, Pa.) also bolstered the front row with seven kills while junior Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) generated two blocks. Freshman Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) recorded 10 digs and three aces as sophomore Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) collected eight digs. Senior Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) tallied 10 assists, five digs, four kills, and two aces while classmate Evan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) dished out 25 assists.

The Engineers opened Sunday with a tough 25-15, 25-20, 11-25, 21-25, 15-7 loss to Medaille. Syta racked up 40 assists, seven digs, five kills, three aces, and two blocks as Siebert registered 19 kills. Klein came in next with 13 kills while Krasuski totaled 11 kills, 10 digs, and two blocks. Chang amassed 22 digs as freshman Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.) added six of his own. Freshman Aaron Zalewski (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) paced the blocking corps with five stops.

Despite falling short in its comeback attempt versus Medaille, the Cardinal and Gray bounced back with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Penn State – Behrend. Klein powered the attack with 11 kills and a .600 hitting performance as Krasuski produced 11 kills, a .429 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Busse recorded eight kills while Zalewski totaled six kills, four digs, and four blocks. Siebert had six kills and six digs as Chang gathered 11 digs. Syta registered 25 assists, seven digs, and two aces while Wang generated 15 assists and four digs.

Next up for MIT will be a home match against first-time opponent Marymount University on Wednesday, March 12.