Two Straight Wins Keep MIT Volleyball on StreakBy Paul Dill
The Varsity Men's Volleyball Team went 2-0 this past week to improve their overall record to 9-6, and their NECVA conference record to 8-4.
The Engineers first went on the road to face a very fiery Newbury College squad. MIT took control of the match from the beginning winning the first two games without much difficulty. The third game proved to be a test for the Engineers as they found themselves down 24-26. MIT would maintain their composure and come back to win the game 30-28 and the match 3-0. The offense was led by Rob McAndrew ’05 who scored 16 kills in the effort, and Kabir Mukaddum ’05 who had 13 kills on 21 attempts with no errors for a .619 hitting percentage.
In their next match against Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Engineers would again start strong taking the first game 30-22. The second game would push MIT to the brink, as they found themselves down 26-28. For the second time in two matches, however, MIT would push back to take what was a pivotal game in the match 33-31.
The Engineers would never look back as they carried the momentum into the third game winning 30-23 to take the match 3-0. McAndrew and Mukaddum would lead the way again with 22 and 11 kills respectively. Setter Jordan Wan ’06 was also instrumental as he would run an extremely efficient offense dishing out 42 assists.
The team has improved considerably as the season has progressed, winning six of their last seven matches placing them fourth in the ten team New England Division of the NECVA Conference.