#13 MIT Falls to Endicott in Five Sets

Sophomore Yize Dong
Sophomore Yize Dong

THE BASICS:

- Score: Endicott College 3, #13 MIT 2 (17-25, 25-22, 18-25, 30-28, 15-9)

- Records: MIT (18-8); Endicott (12-9)

- Location: Beverly, Mass. (MacDonald Gymnasium)

- The Lead: The nationally-ranked No. 13 MIT men's volleyball team dropped a tough 17-25, 25-22, 18-25, 30-28, 15-9 decision to Endicott College on Tuesday night. Sophomore Skyler Kaufman (Needham, Mass.) amassed 12 kills, 10 blocks, and three aces for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Trailing 4-3 in the first set, a block by Kaufman and senior Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Ill.) sparked a string of nine unanswered points that put MIT ahead for good. The Engineers maintained their comfortable cushion en route to a 25-17 win.

- In a tightly played second set that featured nine ties and four lead changes, Endicott put together a late burst that helped it register a 25-22 victory.

- After surrendering the first three points of the third set, MIT mounted a 14-3 run to take control of the set and eventually capture a 25-18 win.

- Following 11 ties and four lead changes in the fourth frame, the Gulls inched out to a 20-16 lead. A hitting error set off an exchange of points that moved the score to 24-21. A kill by sophomore Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.), a Krasuski block, and an Endicott hitting miscue kept the Engineers alive. However, the back and forth scoring resumed until a kill and a hitting error resulted in a 30-28 decision for the hosts.

- The Gulls gradually established a 9-5 lead in the final set. MIT claimed three of the next four points as sophomore Steven Timberman's (Merrick, N.Y.) kill narrowed the gap to 10-8. This was as close as it would get as Endicott generated a 5-1 match-ending run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Tavish Smith (Laguna Beach, Calif.) paced the Engineers with 14 kills while Krasuski posted 10 kills and seven blocks. Senior Suyash Fulay (Wexford, Pa.) led all players with a career-high 20 digs, followed by 10 from classmate Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.). Dong rounded out the squad with 40 assists and eight digs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, April 1 when it battles Elmira College and No. 9 NYU in a United Volleyball Conference tri-match.

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