Lasell College 3, MIT 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23)
MIT 3, Regis College 1 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19)
- Records: MIT (5-1); Lasell (3-0); Regis (0-2)
- Location: Providence, R.I. (Wildcat Center)
- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team opened the Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Invitational on Friday with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-23 loss to Lasell College but bounced back to defeat Regis College, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS – MATCH ONE vs. Lasell:
- Junior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) paced MIT's attack with nine kills while freshman Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) chipped in five kills and six digs. Senior Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.) notched five digs as sophomore Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.) bolstered the defense with two blocks. Sophomore Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) dished out 24 assists for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MATCH TWO vs. Regis:
- Trailing 20-19 in a back-and-forth first set, a serving error sparked a 6-2 run that was capped by an ace from Fulay.
- The second set was another tight affair. Knotted at 20, a trio of kills gave MIT some breathing room. Following a timeout by Regis, an exchange of points ensued with a kill by Dong securing the 25-22 win.
- The close play continued into the third set where there were 11 ties and three lead changes. Deadlocked at 19, the Pride rattled off four straight points but the Engineers battled back, closing the gap to 24-23. The late rally was thwarted due to a Regis kill.
- In the fourth set MIT used a 6-2 spurt to establish a 17-12 advantage. The Pride continued to attack, using a hitting error to bring it within 19-16. The Engineers recorded the next four points, clinching match point on an ace by Gasparich. Regis stayed alive courtesy of a serving error and a pair of blocks but a serving miscue ended the match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Smith totaled a match-high 13 kills and hit .455 percent as Nelson added eight kills. Sophomore Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) racked up seven kills, six blocks, and three aces while senior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) and sophomore Steven Timberman (Merrick, N.Y.) both posted seven kills. Senior Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.) led all players with 12 digs, followed by nine from Fulay. Dong rounded out the squad with 45 assists and three blocks.
- MIT returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28 with two more matches to close the JWU Invitational. The Engineers will face Endicott College at 11:00 a.m. followed by the host Wildcats at 1:00 p.m.