Men's Volleyball Sweeps Colby Sawyer and Bard

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

MIT 3, Colby-Sawyer College 0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-12)
MIT 3, Bard College 0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-8)

Records: MIT (11-2, 3-2 UVC); Colby-Sawyer (6-5); Bard (1-9, 0-5 UVC)

Location: Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Stevenson Athletic Center)

The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team picked up a pair of three-set victories over Colby-Sawyer College and Bard College in New York this afternoon. The two wins moves the Engineers overall record to 11-2, while the win over Bard pushes MIT's conference record to 3-2 this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Colby Sawyer:

- Trailing 6-5 early in the first, the Engineers went on a 4-0 to take the lead for good at 9-6. The run was sparked by back-to-back kills by first-year Brett Allen (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.), an assisted block by Kaufman and junior Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) and a Colby-Sawyer error. Just a few points later up by a 12-10 score, MIT rattled off eight straight points that was capped by a three straight service aces by junior Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) and a solo block by senior Steven Timberman (Merrick, N.Y.). A service error by the Chargers gave MIT the first, 25-14. 

- MIT hit. 258 in the second set and took advantage of eight attack errors by Colby-Sawyer to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. Up 19-15 late in the stanza, the Engineers won the second on a dominant 6-1 run that featured two kills by first-year Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.), a kill by sophomore Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.), a service ace by first-year Bradley Albright (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and a pair of errors by Colby-Sawyer.

- The Engineers jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the third and never looked back as MIT won the set 25-12 and earned a sweep in the match. The set opening run featured two kills by Allen, a kill and an ace by senior Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.)as well as solo kills by Timberman and senior Sam Bockman (Oceanside, Calif.)

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Allen led the way for MIT with a team-high six kills, while Kulinski dished out 30 assists for the Engineers. Nelson continued his success serving as he registered four service aces, while defensively he led the Engineers with seven digs.

- Junior libero Colton Stearns (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Bockman both tallied four block assists in the first match of the day.

- The Engineers held statistical advantages in kills (33-12), hitting percentage (.273- -.084), assists (31-12), service aces (9-2), digs (43-28), solo blocks (2-1) and block assists (12-6).

- Today marked the first-ever meeting between MIT and Colby-Sawyer.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Bard: 

- With Bard ahead 2-1 in the first and with Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) holding serve, the Engineers scored 11 straight points to go ahead 12-2. The largest run of the set saw a kill by Gasparich, two kills by first-year Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.), two kills by Albright and four aces by Wang. MIT allowed Bard to score just nine points in the first as a kill from sophomore Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) and another ace by Wang gave the Engineers the first set, 25-9.

- MIT led from start to finish in the second set and hit .400 with 15 kills to win it 25-14. Leading 22-14, single kills by Allen, Pasko and Bockman gave the Engineers a 2-0 lead in the match and a 25-14 second set win.

- Once again with Wang serving in the third, MIT built its lead to 10-2 and led by as many as 16 at 21-5 late in the stanza. Leading 15-5, a 10-3 run sparked by two kills apiece by Allen and Gasparich gave the Engineers a 25-8 third set win and a sweep in its second match of the day. The third set saw the Engineers swing at a .706 clip with 13 kills and just one error.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Just as he did in the first match of the day, Allen paced MIT's offense, but against Bard hit .636 with eight kills. Pasko added six kills of his own, while Ogeka and Gasparich both talllied five kills apiece in the win. 

- Wang posted six service aces and a match-high 12 assists, while first-year Steven Serrano (Oak Lawn, Ill.) tallied a team-high four digs.

- MIT hit .419 for the match (37K-11E-62A) and held the edge over Bard in assists, service aces, digs, and solo blocks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to No. 8 SUNY New Paltz for another United Volleyball Conference (UVC) match tomorrow afternoon with first serve slated for noon.

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