At the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Crossover Tournament hosted by Elmira College this past weekend, the No. 3 MIT men’s volleyball team swept Hilbert College and Penn State – Behrend but dropped a five-set battle to Medaille College. The 2-1 performance moved the Engineers’ ledger to 15-4 on the year and 8-2 in UVC action.
In its only match of the day on Saturday, MIT defeated Hilbert, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. Kenneth M. Siebert ’14 paced the balanced attack with 10 kills and a 0.643 hitting percentage to go along with two aces. Alexander C. Klein ’15 produced seven kills and a 0.455 hitting performance as Bradley L. Gross ’15 turned in seven kills, a 0.429 hitting effort, and two blocks. Sean D. Kropp ’17 also bolstered the front row with seven kills while Andrew A. Busse ’15 generated two blocks. Martin J. Krasuski ’17 recorded 10 digs and three aces as Brendan S. Chang ’16 collected eight digs. Paul M. Syta ’14 tallied 10 assists, five digs, four kills, and two aces while Evan P. Wang ’14 dished out 25 assists.
The Engineers opened Sunday with a tough 25-15, 25-20, 11-25, 21-25, 15-7 loss to Medaille. Syta racked up 40 assists, seven digs, five kills, three aces, and two blocks as Siebert registered 19 kills. Klein came in next with 13 kills, while Krasuski totaled 11 kills, 10 digs, and two blocks. Chang amassed 22 digs as Suyash P. Fulay ’17 added six of his own. Aaron D. Zalewski ’17 paced the blocking corps with five stops.
Despite falling short in its comeback attempt versus Medaille, the Cardinal and Gray bounced back with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Penn State – Behrend. Klein powered the attack with 11 kills and a 0.600 hitting performance as Krasuski produced 11 kills, a 0.429 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Busse recorded eight kills while Zalewski totaled six kills, four digs, and four blocks. Siebert had six kills and six digs as Chang gathered 11 digs. Syta registered 25 assists, seven digs, and two aces, while Wang generated 15 assists and four digs.
Next up for MIT will be a home match against first-time opponent Marymount University on Wednesday, March 12.