- Score: No. 5 SUNY New Paltz 3, No. 14 MIT 0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24)
- Records: No. 14 MIT (13-5, 2-5 UVC), No. 5 SUNY New Paltz (16-6, 7-2)
- Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Kenyon Hall)
- The Lead: On Sunday afternoon in New York, the No. 14 MIT men's volleyball team fell to No. 5 SUNY New Paltz, 3-0, by set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 26-24, in a United Volleyball Conference (UVC) match played inside Kenyon Hall at Vassar College.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first set, MIT jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after kills from Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.), Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) and Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.). However, New Paltz slowly cut the deficit and a 5-0 run midway through the set gave the Hawks a lead they would never relinquish. MIT would tie the set at 14, 15, 16, and 18, but each time the Engineers answered so did the Hawks. After MIT called a timeout with New Paltz up 23-20, the Engineers got a point back on a service error, but a kill by Ben Cohen and a service ace by Nick Denoncourt gave the Hawks set one, 25-21.
- MIT once again got out in front early in the second set, 8-5, after Kaufman swung for a kill from Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.). With the score at 10-9 in favor of MIT, New Paltz went on a 5-0 run, much as the Hawks did in the first set to put the second set out of reach, 14-10. The Engineers got back within one point at 16-15, but New Paltz scored five of the set's final six points to win the seconds, 25-19. The set-ending run by the Hawks was completed on three kills, a service ace and an MIT error.
- The Engineers gained their first lead of the third set with a 5-0 run after being down 9-6 to make the score 11-9. The spurt for MIT featured a service ace by Parker Hall (Lomita, Calif.), a kill by Smith and three Hawks errors. The middle of the set featured ties at 11, 12, 17, 18 and 23 before kills by Aaron Carrk and Bradley Schneider as well as an MIT error gave New Paltz the third set, 26-24, and the 3-0 match win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith led the way for MIT with 12 kills on 28 attempts, while Dong dished out a team-high 21 assists.
- Defensively, Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) notched six digs, while Kaufman and Hall both tallied one solo block apiece.
- The Engineers step out of conference play on Wednesday for their next match as the Engineers will host Cal Lutheran at 5:00 p.m. inside Rockwell Cage.
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