ROCHESTER, N.Y. – MIT freshman Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) was selected as the Rookie of the Year by the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) on Thursday. He is the fourth player in the history of the men's volleyball program to collect Rookie of the Year accolades and is the first setter to accomplish this feat.
Dong ranks 18th in the nation in assists per set (9.60) while standing fourth in the UVC in the same category. He is also second in the conference in assists with 989, which currently puts him eighth in the MIT record book. Dong helps guide an offense that stands 12th in the nation and fifth in the UVC in hitting percentage at .272. In addition, he is second on the team in blocks (75), third in digs (159), and fourth in aces (19).
MIT returns to action on Friday, April 8 in the quarterfinals of the UVC Championship Tournament hosted by nationally-ranked No. 1 SUNY New Paltz. As the No. 5 seed the Engineers will square off with No. 2 seed and nationally-ranked No. 9 Nazareth College at 5:00 p.m.