Men's Volleyball Tops D'Youville & Rutgers-Newark on Saturday

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

THE BASICS:

Scores: 

MIT 3, D'Youville College 1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22)
MIT 3, Rutgers-Newark University 0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-20)

Records: MIT (15-6); D'Youville College (4-12); Rutgers-Newark (13-7)

Location: Elmira, N.Y. (Speidel Gymnasium)

The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team closed its trip with a pair of non-conference wins this afternoon as the Engineers topped D'Youville College 3-1 by set scores of 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22 before sweeping Rutgers-Newark by set scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-20. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. D'Youville:

- MIT junior Colton Stearns (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) produced his second double-double of the season as he posted a match-high 13 kills and 19 digs to lead the Engineers.

- The rest of the Engineers offense was pretty spread out as senior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) registered six kills, while sophomore Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.)and first-year Bradley Albright (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) both tallied five kills. 

- Junior Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) notched a team-high 27 assists, while sophomore Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) tallied two service aces to lead the Engineers.

- Defensively, behind Stearns' 19 digs, first-year Steven Serrano (Oak Lawn, Ill.) tallied a career-high 11 digs. Kaufman guided MIT's defense with three solo blocks, while Kulinski registered three assisted blocks in the opener.

- The Engineers held statistical advantages in hitting percentage (.261-.121), service aces (6-4), digs (62-55) and solo blocks (8-0). 

- Today's match against D'Youville marked the first meeting between the programs since the 2014 campaign.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS vs. Rutgers-Newark:

- First-year Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) led the Engineers offensive attack in the second match against Rutgers-Newark as he posted a team-high seven kills without making an error. Classmate Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.) added five kills, while Kaufman and sophomore Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) both notched four kills apiece. 

- Senior Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) dished out a match-high 23 assists, while junior Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) led the Engineers defensively with a match-high 13 digs.

- Both Linnus and Kaufman tallied five solo blocks, while Dong notched four assisted blocks to lead the team. The 12 solo blocks by MIT today came up just two shy of tying the program record for most in a three-set match. 

- Today marked the first-ever match between MIT and Rutgers-Newark.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home for a non-conference match against Emerson College on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm.

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