Men's Volleyball Serves Up 3-0 Wins Over Emmanuel and Eastern Nazarene

Tommy Ogeka serves the ball in a match played in Rockwell Cage.
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THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 3, Eastern Nazarene College (25-14, 25-15, 25-12)
MIT 3, Emmanuel College (25-16, 25-13, 25-17)

- Records: MIT (10-3); Eastern Nazarene (8-6); Emmanuel (4-7)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Gym)

- The Lead: The MIT men's volleyball team extended its winning streak to seven with a pair of 3-0 wins over Eastern Nazarene College and Emmanuel College this afternoon. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Eastern Nazarene:

- MIT jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening set thanks to a pair of aces by Jack Yurkanin (New Lenox, Ill.), two kills by Nicholas Gustafson (San Diego, Calif.). The Lions cut their deficit back to four at 14-10, but the Engineers rattled off six consecutive points highlighted by a trio of aces by Yurkanin to up their lead to 20-10. Back-to-back kills by Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.) gave MIT the first 25-14.

- The Engineers went ahead 13-4 in the second and never looked back. The set-opening run was sparked by four kills by Gustafson and two kills by both Yurkanin and Gasparich. Eastern Nazarene got as close as seven at 20-13 following an assisted block, but a 4-1 spurt by MIT at the end of the set gave MIT the second 25-15 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

- The third set was even at 11-11 before MIT closed the match on a 14-1 run to secure the sweep. Of the 14 points scored by the Engineers in that run, Yurkanin, Brett Allen (San Jose, Calif.) and Gustafson all registered three kills.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Yurkanin and Gustafson both registered a match-high 11 kills, while Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) posted six kills and Gasparich hit a team-high .833 with five kills on six swings. Albert Luo (Dallas, Texas) dished out 34 assists, while Yurkanin added a career-high eight service aces.

- On the defensive side of the ball, Cole Linnus (Wellington, Fla.) notched a career-high nine digs and a career-high five block assists, while Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) added eight digs of his own.  

- MIT led statistically in kills (41-13), hitting percentage (.321-.018), assists (39-12), service aces (13-1), digs (28-18) and block assists (20-15).

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Emmanuel:

- MIT led by just one at 8-7 early in the set, but went on a 7-3 run to pull away for the 25-16 victory. Bradley Albright (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) sparked the offense for the Engineers with three straight kills. With Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.) serving, MIT secured the set with an Emmanuel error, an ace and a kill by Allen.

- The second set was knotted up at 5-5 before MIT scored four straight points thanks to a kill and an ace by Albright as the Engineers went up for good 9-5. Late in the stanza, the Engineers found themselves up 19-12 and scored six of the final seven points to win the middle set 25-13. The set-ending run was capped by an ace via Dylan Ryan (Oviedo, Fla.).

- The final set saw the Engineers open up on a 7-2 run that was finished on an ace by Ogeka. Emmanuel pulled within four late in the stanza, but a kill and an ace by Linnus gave MIT the third 25-17 and the match 3-0.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Allen led MIT with 11 kills, while Albright added ten and Linnus and Gustafson both tallied seven. Seth Fine (Allentown, Pa.) handed out 37 assists, while Ogeka notched a career-high four service aces.

- Eight different Engineers registered at least one dig, but MIT was guided by Albright and Ogeka who both notched six. Linnus and Ryan picked up solo blocks for the Engineers in their second match.

- MIT led statistically in kills (40-23), hitting percentage (.322-.099), assists (39-22), service aces (9-0), digs (34-28) and block assists (15-9).

UP NEXT:

- MIT will have ten days off before its next match as the Engineers will next host Lasell University on Tuesday February 25 at 7:00 pm.

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