The nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men’s volleyball improved its yearly record to 5-5 after a 2-2 performance at the Golden Flyer Invitational hosted by Nazareth College this past weekend. On Saturday, the Engineers swept No. 11 Medaille College, 25-22, 20-15, 25-20, but fell to Elmira College, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 27-25, 15-7. The next day, MIT blanked Southern Vermont College, 27-25, 25-21, 25-19, and then dropped a 28-30, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 15-8 decision to No. 5 Nazareth. Paul M. Syta ’14 represented the Cardinal and Gray on the all-tournament team.
Matthew P. Hohenberger ’13 produced 14 kills, a .310 hitting performance, five digs, and three aces against Medaille while Kenneth M. Siebert ’14 registered nine kills, a .444 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Patrick J. Vatterott ’13 tallied six blocks, five kills, and four digs as Syta posted 30 assists and seven digs. Brendan S. Chang ’16 and Christopher T. Omahan ’15 rounded out the defense with six and four digs, respectively.
Against Elmira, Hohenberger amassed 26 kills, a .400 hitting effort, five digs, and two aces as Vatterott notched nine kills, a .571 hitting percentage, two blocks, and an ace. Siebert contributed eight digs and six kills while Tavish W. Smith ’16 contributed to the attack with five kills. Syta had 44 assists and five kills on seven attempts as Chang and Omahan collected 15 and 10 digs.
Syta earned a double-double on 35 assists and had 10 digs and two blocks against Southern Vermont. Hohenberger totaled 11 kills and a .421 hitting percentage and Omahan posted eight kills and seven digs. Tyler R. Nolan ’15 registered eight kills and a .400 hitting performance while Vatterott chipped in five kills. Chang generated 11 digs and Andrew A. Busse ’15 had three blocks.
In the finale against Nazareth, Hohenberger amassed 14 kills, six digs, three blocks, and two aces. Syta racked up 40 assists, nine digs, five kills on five attempts, and two aces. Siebert finished with 12 kills, four digs, and three blocks and Vatterott had five kills and three blocks. Busse bolstered the front row with four kills and four blocks while Chang and Omahan totaled eight and seven digs, respectively.