The MIT men’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to four courtesy of a 30-10, 30-12, 30-12 decision over Lesley University in a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division match on Tuesday. The victory lifted the Engineers’ record to 9-9 on the year and 5-3 in conference play while the Lynx saw their record dip to 1-11 overall and 1-7 in the league.
MIT tallied the first four points of the contest, but Lesley kept the hosts in check by capitalizing on miscues to trail, 6-2. The Engineers responded with a 20-3 run to put the game out of reach. The Lynx continued to attack, using serving errors along with a block by Nick Assad to prolong the frame and make the score 27-8. Hopes of sustaining the late rally were thwarted as the Engineers posted three of the final five points to close the set.
The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza, racing out to an 8-1 advantage. Lesley quickly narrowed the gap to four (8-4) on a block by Assad. The Lynx stayed within striking distance for a majority of the game as a service error trimmed the deficit to eight (17-9). MIT countered with eight straight points before taking the second set.
In the final frame, MIT held a 7-5 lead prior to igniting a 14-1 run. Each side exchanged points until MIT rattled off four in a row to seal the match.
Troy V. Tamas ’10 led the Engineers with 11 kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Eric R. Reuland ’10 notched seven kills as Benson M. George ’12 posted five kills and four blocks. Jeremy J. Velazquez ’12 tallied five aces while Eugene Jang ’09 collected five digs. In two games, Caine L. Jette ’10 recorded 21 assists and five aces.
Assad finished the night with four blocks as Stephen Siragusa registered five kills. Clayton Janer dished out nine assists for the Lynx.
MIT will hit the road for non-conference action at Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Lesley will continue conference play on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.