Men's Volleyball Swept by NYU in UVC Opener

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THE BASICS:

Score: NYU 3, MIT 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-17)

Records: MIT (5-1, 0-1 UVC); NYU (4-4, 1-0 UVC)

Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Brooklyn Athletic Facility)

The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team fell to New York University in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 in the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) opener for both teams on Friday night in Brooklyn.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- NYU scored the first four points of the opening set before the Engineers got on the board via a service error from the Violets. MIT pulled within one at 5-4 after senior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) registered his first service ace of the match, but NYU proceeded to go on an 8-2 run to extend its lead out to seven at 13-6. Back to back kills from first-year Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.) as well as an assisted block from Ogeka and Kaufman capped a 6-0 run for the Engineers to pull back within one again at 13-12. NYU, however, put the first set away on a pair of long runs and won it by a 25-17 score.

- MIT took two of the first three points of the second set on kills from junior Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) and Ogeka, but four straight NYU points put the Violets out in front and the hosts would stay out in front for the remainder of the set. The Engineers were able to cut the deficit to as little as two at 12-10 after Kaufman posted a kill but a 7-1 run by the Violets put the set out of reach as they once again won 25-17. 

- First-year Brett Allen (San Jose, Calif.)scored the opening point of the third set, but NYU went ahead 3-2 and never relinquished the lead. With the score at 7-5 in favor of the hosts after a kill from Nelson, NYU went on a 6-2 run to go ahead 13-7. Back to back service aces from Nelson cut the NYU lead to two at 13-11, but that was answered by another long 7-2 run by the Violets. NYU scored five of the final seven points to win the match in straight sets. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Kaufman led the way for MIT with seven kills and three block assists, while defensively, junior libero Colton Stearns (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) registered eight digs. NYU was guided by Alex Li, who tallied 11 kills on 20 swings as the Violets outhit the Engineers .394 to .000 in tonight's match.

- MIT is receiving votes in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Poll for the first time this season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT travels across the river for a pair of matches in New Jersey tomorrow as the Engineers will play No. 4 Stevens at noon in its second UVC match of the weekend and then play Baruch College at 2:00 pm in the second matchup between the two teams in two weeks. 

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