Rochester, N.Y. (June 19) – Eight student-athletes from the MIT men's volleyball team have been named to the 2018 United Volleyball Conference (UVC) All-Academic Team this season as the league office announced its honorees earlier today.
Not only did the Engineers have eight student-athletes named to the 2018 UVC All-Academic Team, MIT earned the UVC Team Academic Award for the fourth straight season and registered the second-highest team GPA in the league this spring at 3.63 (on a 4.00 scale). The Engineers produced the second-most individual All-Academic student-athletes with eight and ranked only behind Stevens Institute of Technology, which had ten.
Seniors Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) earned their third straight UVC All-Academic awards, while junior Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.) was named to the All-Academic Team for the second time in his career. Additionally, the Engineers had five first-time honorees including juniors Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.), Parker Hall (Lomita, Calif.) and Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) as well as sophomores Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) and Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.).
The MIT men's volleyball team wrapped up its 2018 season with an overall record of 16-9 and a mark of 4-5 in UVC play. With 16 wins this year, the Engineers registered their 14th straight season with at least 15 victories. Additionally, MIT tallied four wins over nationally-ranked opponents including No. 7 NYU, No. 13 Wentworth, No.14 Eastern Mennonite and No. 15 Elmira under first-year head coach Todd Elwell.