The MIT Men’s Volleyball team emerged with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 victory over division rivals Endicott College on Tuesday night. The nationally-ranked No. 7 Engineers raised their record to 11-2 for the year and 7-0 in conference play. MIT scored the first three points of the match and later held an 8-4 lead. Endicott countered with a 6-1 spurt which put it in front for a majority of the frame. Five ties ensued until a strike by Kenneth M. Siebert ’14 ended a long rally to give the Engineers a 21-20 edge. A kill from William B. Evans ’14 increased the margin, which prompted a timeout from the Gulls. After the break, both sides traded points, and another Siebert blast closed the set. Endicott jumped out to a 6-3 advantage in the second game, but MIT responded with a 9-3 run to pull ahead. The Gulls capitalized on several miscues by the Engineers, tying the set at 13. An Endicott service error followed by an ace from Siebert gave MIT some breathing room. However, both squads exchanged serves as a kill from Endicott’s Jeremy Siden brought the Gulls within one point. MIT countered by registering an 8-2 run to wrap up the set.
The visitors built a 4-1 lead in the final frame, but it was quickly erased by a 10-1 run by the Engineers. Trailing 17-10, a pair of blocks and an ace narrowed Endicott’s deficit to three and resulted in an MIT timeout.
When action resumed, a serving miscue along with a block by Garrett L. Winther ’11 and Patrick J. Vatterott ’13 extended the Engineers’ advantage to 19-13. The Gulls picked up the next two points courtesy of a blocking error and a solo stop. MIT responded by scoring six of the final eight points to clinch the victory.
Siebert finished with a match-high 18 kills to go along with four digs. Matthew P. Hohenberger ’13 posted 10 kills and three digs as Evans added five kills. Vatterott totaled six kills and five blocks, and Winther contributed five kills, five assists, and four blocks. Timothy R. Lee ’11 compiled 37 assists and 11 digs as Jeremy J. Velazquez ’12 collected six digs. Caine L. Jette ’10 led the team with two aces.