Men's Volleyball Caps Regular Season With Wins Over Dean & Eastern Nazarene

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 3, Dean College 0 (25-7, 25-9, 25-11)
MIT 3, Eastern Nazarene College 0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-15)

- Records: MIT (23-8); Dean College (6-21); Eastern Nazarene College (14-15)

- Location: Quincy, Mass. (Lahue Physical Education Center)

- The Lead: MIT men's volleyball closed the regular season with victories over Dean College and Eastern Nazarene College on the road this afternoon. The two wins puts MIT's 2019 total at 23 marking the most wins for the program since the 2014 campaign when the Engineers finished the season at 24-7.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Dean:

- MIT hit .682 in the first set with 15 kills on 22 swings and did not make an error. The Engineers led 7-5 before they went on an 18-2 run to close the set ahead 25-7. The huge run featured five kills by first-year Brett Allen (San Jose, Calif.) and two kills by senior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.).

- The Engineers continued their success in the second as they hit .550 with 13 kills on 20 swings. MIT jumped out to a 15-1 advantage and never looked back as the Engineers took the set 25-9. The second set saw four kills from both sophomore Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) and first-year Bradley Albright (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) as MIT took a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

- Leading by just one in the third at 5-4, MIT put the third set and the match away with a 10-1 run to go ahead 15-5. The run featured kills by sophomore Evan Pasko (San Diego, Calif.), senior Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.) and junior Colton Stearns (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) as well as a pair of service aces by Allen. It was Allen with his 11th kill of the match that secured the set 25-11 and the match 3-0 for the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Allen tied a career-high with his 11 kills in match one today. Pakso was second on the team with eight kills, while Albright and Linnus both contributed six kills apiece to MIT's offense.

- Today's match against Dean marked the second time this season that the Engineers have hit .470 or better in a match. The last tie it happened was in the season opener against Regis when MIT hit .475.

- Today's match between MIT and Dean was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Eastern Nazarene:

- MIT scored the first six points of the opening set on an ace by Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.), a kill by Gasparich, an assisted block by Gasparich and Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) and three Eastern Nazarene errors. The Engineers matched the effort to close the set as a 4-0 run thanks to a service ace by Wang and three errors by the Lions gave MIT the opening set 25-14.

- The Engineers trailed 8-7 in the second, but an 8-0 run put MIT ahead for good. The run saw two kills by Wang and Albright as well as a kill by Linnus and an ace by Kulinski. With first-year Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) holding serve for MIT he registered an ace and forced Eastern Nazarene to make two errors to give the Engineers the second set 25-13.

- With the score even at 5-5 in the third, MIT went on a 9-1 run to take a 13-6 lead and the Engineers never looked back. They won the third set 25-15 and swept their second opponent of the afternoon. The match clinching run featured two aces by first-year Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.) and two kills by Stearns.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Kaufman led MIT with six kills in the second victory of the day for MIT, while first-year Steven Serrano (Oak Lawn, Ill.) tallied a match-high ten digs.

- Defensively, MIT received five block assists from Gasparich and three from Wang.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will open play in the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Tournament next Friday, April 12 against fourth-seeded NYU. The tournament will be held at Caldwell University in Caldwell, N.J. and the Engineers will play their quarterfinal match at 5:00 pm that day.

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