No. 3 New Paltz Tops No. 15 Men's Volleyball, 3-1

Thomas Nelson awaits a serve in a match played in Rockwell Cage.
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 3 New Paltz  3, No. 15 MIT 1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23)

- Records: No. 15 MIT (15-4, 3-1 UVC); No. 3 New Paltz (15-3, 3-1 UVC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: In a battle of two of the top programs in the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) this season, the No. 15 MIT men's volleyball team was edged by No. 3 New Paltz in four sets.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT trailed 22-21 in the opening set but scored the final four points to go ahead 1-0 in the match. Three errors by the Hawks paired with an assisted block by Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.) and Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) gave the Engineers the set 25-22.

- The Engineers had a five point lead in the second set, but the Hawks fought back and eventually knotted the score up at 18-18 forcing MIT to call a timeout. Both teams traded points until the score stood at 23-23. A kill by Chris Shanley and a service ace by Aaron Carrk tied the match up at 1-1 as the visiting Hawks took the second 25-23.

- New Paltz scored the first seven points of the third set and maintained its advantage all the way through the stanza. MIT cut its deficit back to as few as three points at 19-16, but New Paltz was able to win the third 25-21. A service error by MIT paired with another kill by Shanley gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead in the match. 

- The fourth set was even on nine different occasions and midway through the stanza the score at 13-13 following a kill by Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.). New Paltz slowly built its edge by two errors by the Hawks knotted the set up at 22-22. A kill by Nick O'Malley and an MIT error gave New Paltz a 24-22 advantage and forced the Engineers to call a timeout. The Engineers answered with a kill by Nicholas Gustafson (San Diego, Calif.), but a swing by Carrk secured the set 25-23 and the match 3-1 for the visitors.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Three Engineers registered 11 kills in the match including Jack Yurkanin (New Lenox, Ill.), Oliveira and Gustafson. Carrk led the way for New Paltz with a match-high 17 kills.

- Wang registered 37 assists, while Thomas Nelson (San Ramon, Calif.) posted ten digs to go along with two assists. Dylan Ryan (Oviedo, Fla.) tallied a match-high five block assists in the match for MIT.

- MIT came into today's match ranked 15th in the AVCA Division III National Poll, while New Paltz was third.

- This the first match that MIT had been able to win a set against the Hawks with the last time coming in 2017.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play a pair of matches in Rockwell Cage tomorrow afternoon as the Engineers will take on Bard College in a UVC matchup at noon before hosting No. 12 Milwaukee School of Engineering at 2:00 pm in a non-conference contest.

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