- Score: Sage College 3, No. 14 MIT 0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
- Records: No. 14 MIT (13-4, 2-4 UVC), Sage (9-13, 3-5 UVC)
- Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Kenyon Hall)
- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team, ranked No. 14 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III poll, fell to Sage, 3-0, by set scores of 25-19, 27-25, 25-23, in a United Volleyball Conference (UVC) match played at Vassar College's Kenyon Hall on Saturday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After both teams traded points over the opening half of the first set, Sage gained a three-point advantage as Scott Sanders registered a kill from Ryan Jennings. MIT answered with a kill by Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) from Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.), but a 5-0 run by Sage that followed put the opening set out of reach from MIT. That surge made the score 19-12 in favor of the Gators and they never looked back. The Engineers were able to cut the deficit back to three at 21-18 after two kills by Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) and a Sage error, but the Gators scored four of the set's final five points to take it, 25-19.
- The second set featured ten ties with the final one coming at 25-25. Sage got a kill from Bailey Cecchi and used an attacking error from MIT to win the second set, 27-25, The Engineers had jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in the set thanks to a kill by Wang and five errors by the Gators, but Sage slowly cut the deficit and ended up winning the second set to go ahead 2-0 in the match.
- Tied at 15-15 in the third, Sage went on a 5-1 run which featured three straight kills by Ryan Guyton to take a 20-16 lead. MIT used a Sage error, a kill by Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) and a kill by Wang to cut the Gators' lead back to two, 21-19, but Sage answered each time that MIT scored and eventually used an Engineers error to win the third set, 25-23, and the match 3-0.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wang produced a career-high 14 kills for the Engineers and was joined in the double-digit kill category by Smith, who had 12.
- MIT junior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif) dished out 21 assists and posted five digs, while Nelson led the Engineers in digs with six.
- MIT senior Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) had the lone solo block for the Engineers, while Kaufman tallied two block assists in the setback.
- MIT has a quick turnaround as the Engineers will play No. 5 SUNY New Paltz tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 p.m. inside Kenyon Hall at Vassar College.