Men's Volleyball Falls to NYU in UVC Quarterfinal Contest

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

THE BASICS:

Score: NYU 3, MIT 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-23) 

Records: MIT (23-9); NYU (13-10)

Location: Caldwell, N.J. (George R. Newman Center)

The Lead: MIT men's volleyball saw its 2019 campaign come to a close this afternoon as the fifth-seeded Engineers fell to the fourth-seeded Violets of NYU in the quarterfinals of the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) playoffs hosted at Caldwell University in New Jersey. 

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- NYU jumped out an early 5-1, but MIT was able to cut its deficit back to two at 8-6 in the first set after an NYU error and a kill by sophomore Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.). NYU built the lead it would need with a 7-2 run that pushed its advantage out to seven at 15-8 midway through the stanza. The Engineers would get as close as four at 15-11, but a 10-3 set-ending run that featured five kills by NYU gave the Violets a 25-14 win in the opening stanza. 

- The second set was much closer as the score was tied on 12 different occasions. With the score even at 18-18, NYU regained the lead with back-to-back kills by Evan Lindley and James Haag. The Violets would not relinquish the lead as a kill by Alex Li and an MIT error gave NYU the second set 25-21.

- The score was knotted at 6-6 in the third before MIT built its largest lead of the match of three points at 11-8 after kills by junior Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) and senior Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.). The middle part of the set saw both teams trade points until the score sat at 22-22. NYU received back-to-back kills by Lindley and Haag, before first-year Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) denied the Violets the match with a kill of his own. However, an MIT error gave NYU its final point and ended the match 3-0 in favor of the Violets.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- NYU hit .415 (43K-9E-82TA), while MIT hit .175 (37K-19E-103TA) for the match. Nelson led all student-athletes in today's quarterfinal with 11 kills, while Oliveira and sophomore Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) both registered eight kills apiece for the Engineers. 

- The Violets were paced by Haag and Lindley, who both notched nine kills.

- NYU's defense proved to be the difference today as they held a 12-1 advantage in blocks and a 39-27 advantage in digs.

- MIT closed its season today with the most wins since the 2014 campaign as the Engineers went 23-9 this season. The Engineers also made their fourth appearance in the UVC Tournament this year after missing out on a playoff bid by one game a season ago.

- MIT entered today ranked seventh in the third edition of the NCAA East Regional Rankings. The Engineers were also receiving votes in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Poll.

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