Lexington, Ky. (April 22) - For the first time in his collegiate career, MIT men's volleyball senior Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) has been named as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Honorable Mention All-American. Kaufman is now the ninth AVCA All-America selection in program history and was one of 31 student-athletes honored this spring and was one of seven middle blockers chosen.
Kaufman joins Praveen Pamidimukkala (2006 & 2008), Matt Hohenberger (2012 & 2013), Brandon Chang (2013 & 2014), Paul Syta (2014) and Thomas Nelson (2018) to earn AVCA Division III All-America accolades. Kaufman was also one of six student-athletes selected from the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) for the honor.
Kaufman, who was also named to the UVC Second Team All-Conference last month, guided the Engineers back to the conference tournament for the fourth time in program history and helped MIT to the most wins the program has seen since the 2014 campaign as the team finished with an overall record of 23-9 and a mark of 5-4 in UVC play.
Individually, Kaufman smashed his own single-season program record with a .441 hitting percentage, which also is currently the second-highest in all of Division III and leads the UVC. Kaufman posted a career-best 232 kills to go along with 18 service aces, 44 digs and a career-high 88 total blocks that include a career-high 29 solo blocks and 59 assisted blocks.
In the MIT record books, Kaufman ranks tenth all-time in kills (908), holds four of the top spots for hitting percentage in a season, has the best career-hitting percentage in program history (.421), is third in career solo blocks (75), fifth in career block assists (253) and fifth in total career blocks (328).
MIT wrapped up its 2019 season with an overall record of 23-9 and a mark of 5-4 in UVC play. With 23 wins this year, the Engineers registered their 15h straight season in program history with at least 20 victories. Additionally, MIT tallied three wins over nationally-ranked opponents including No. 11 Endicott, which reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, No. 14 Vassar and No. 14 Dominican (Ill.) under second-year head coach Todd Elwell.