- Score: No. 2 Stevens Institute of Technology 3, MIT 0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-14)
- Records: MIT (8-2, 1-2 UVC), No. 2 Stevens Institute of Technology (10-3, 1-0 UVC)
- Location: Hoboken, N.J. (Canavan Arena)
- The Lead: In the third United Volleyball Conference (UVC) match of the season for the MIT men's volleyball team, the Engineers were defeated by No. 2 nationally-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology in straight sets by set scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-14 on Saturday afternoon in Hoboken, N.J.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the opening set, which saw both teams hit well over .300, the score was even on five different occasions until the host Ducks went on a 4-0 run to take the lead, 13-10. The Engineers climbed back into the set and pulled within one point - 20-19 on an error by Stevens and 22-21 on a kill by freshman Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.), but two kills by David Lehman and an MIT error gave Stevens the first set, 25-22.
- In the second, MIT jumped out to an 8-2 advantage on a run that featured single kills by Pasko, freshman Andrew Callahan (Western Springs, Ill.), senior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and junior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) as well as a service ace by Parker Hall (Lomita, Calif.). However, Stevens answered with a 5-0 to pull within one (8-7) and eventually took the lead 12-11 after an attacking error by MIT. Another kill by Callahan evened the set at 12-12 before the visiting Engineers scored seven of the next ten points to jump back out in front 19-15 after an ace via Kaufman, but once again the Ducks answered with a 10-2 run highlighted by four kills from graduate student Gabe Shankweiler to win the second 25-21.
- Early in the third, a block that featured Kaufman, Pasko and junior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) put MIT ahead 4-3, but a kill by Stevens junior Cooper Diamond evened the set for the Ducks at 4-4 and the hosts never relinquished the lead again as they won the third set, 25-14. Shankweiler, who hit .619, closed the contest with his match-high 15th kill of the afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith ended the day with a team-high nine kills for the Engineers, Dong dished out 25 assists and sophomore libero Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) registered a match-high seven digs. As a team, MIT hit .264 (32 kills on 72 attempts).
- Shankweiler and Lehman posted double-digit kills for the hosts as they posted 15 and 10, respectively. Jacob Patterson handed out 40 assists, while Dylan Deboer posted a team-high six digs. Stevens hit .363 (45 kills on 80 attempts).
- MIT will play in the second half of the UVC crossover weekend tomorrow morning against No. 7 NYU beginning at 11:00 a.m. inside Canavan Arena on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology.