- Score: MIT 3, No. 13 Wentworth Institute of Technology 1 (25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23)
- Records: MIT (10-2); No. 13 Wentworth Institute of Technology (13-5)
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Tansey Gymnasium)
- The Lead: Powered by double-digit kills from senior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and junior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.), the MIT men's volleyball team defeated its second straight nationally-ranked opponent with a 3-1 win over No. 13 Wentworth Institute of Technology by set scores of 25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23 inside Tansey Gymnasium on Tuesday night in Boston.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers piloted a 10-3 run to open the first set which featured two kills from Kaufman one kill from senior Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) and a service ace via freshman Andrew Callahan (Western Springs, Ill.) as well as six errors from the Leopards. Wentworth was able to cut the deficit back to within four (12-8) after a kill from Collin Ritter, but MIT answered with eight of the next eleven points to give the Engineers their largest lead of the set as Kaufman had one kill over the spurt. Leading 23-14, a service error by Wentworth and a service ace by Smith gave MIT the first set, 25-16.
- MIT hit .345 in the second and produced 14 kills on 29 attempts to go ahead two sets to none with a 25-19 win. After the Engineers called a timeout leading 11-10 midway through the set, back-to-back kills by Callahan and Kaufman gave MIT a three-point lead and maintained that slim margin until a service error from Wentworth pushed the Engineers lead to four, 19-15. A kill by Smith gave MIT a six-point lead, 21-15, and both teams traded points until Callahan swung for a kill and followed it up with an ace to give the Engineers the second, 25-19.
- Wentworth climbed out to a 9-6 lead in the third and proceeded to go on an 11-4 run to extend its lead 20-10, as Ritter posted four kills for the hosts in the spurt. Back-to-back errors by the Leopards gave MIT a chance to respond, but a kill by Ryan Lowe to make the score 21-12 was enough to give Wentworth a big enough lead to win the third set. MIT did get single kills by Smith, Hall and Callahan late in the set, but Ryan Engel ended the fourth with a kill for Wentworth as the Leopards took the third by a 25-17 score.
- The fourth set featured 14 ties as both teams went point for point until the score was knotted at 21-21. A Wentworth service error followed by a service ace from Hall sparked a 4-2 match-ending run which also featured two kills from freshman Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) for MIT as the Engineers won the fourth, 25-23, and the match 3-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith posted a match-high 15 kills and was joined in double-digit kills by Kaufman, who had ten. Junior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) dished out 37 assists and sophomore Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) registered 15 digs.
- Both Smith and Callahan tallied two service aces Kaufman notched a match-high three block assists.
- With ten victories after tonight, the Engineers have now registered double-digit win seasons in each of the past 15 years.
- The Engineers are now 36-5 in the all-time series against the Leopards which dates back to 1986. This is the second straight year MIT has defeated Wentworth when the Leopards have been nationally-ranked. In last year's meeting, Wentworth was ranked No. 5 and MIT came away with a five-set win at home.
- MIT continues its road trip with a tri-match at Lasell College on Saturday, March 3. The Engineers will play the host Lasers at noon before taking on No. 14 Eastern Mennonite University at 2:00 p.m. inside the Lasell Athletic Center in Newton.
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