No. 15 Men's Volleyball Downs Bard and No. 12 MSOE on Saturday

Michael Kulinski sets the ball in a match played in Rockwell Cage.
Photo by DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 15 MIT 3, Bard College 0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-7)
No. 15 MIT 3, No. 12 MSOE 1 (16-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-21)

- Records: No. 15 MIT (17-4, 4-1 UVC); Bard College (1-15, 0-5 UVC), MSOE (8-5)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The No. 15 ranked MIT men's volleyball team bounced back this afternoon with a pair of victories. MIT opened the day with a conference win over Bard in straight sets and then knocked off another nationally-ranked opponent in No. 12 Milwaukee School of Engineering in four sets.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Bard:

- MIT hit .647 in the first set and took the opening stanza by a 25-10 score. Leading 11-7, MIT went on a 7-0 run to put the set out of reach. That spurt featured a pair of aces by Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.) and two kills by Brett Allen (San Jose, Calif.). A Bard service gave MIT the first 25-10.

- The Engineers continued their dominance in the second and went ahead by a 20-3 score. That stretch was highlighted by a total of eight aces four of which came from Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.). Ogeka added a pair of kills, while Bradley Albright (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and Dylan Ryan (Oviedo, Fla.) both swung for two kills of their own. A Bard error paired with an ace by Allen gave MIT the second, 25-6. 

- In the third, MIT hit a match-best .875 (14 kills on 16 swings) as the Engineers jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the final set. Leading 20-6, MIT closed the match on a 5-1 spurt highlighted by solo kills by four student-athletes, a block and another ace.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT hit a season-high .694 with 37 kills on 49 swings and produced a season-high 21 service aces. The last time the Engineers totaled 20 or more aces in a match was on February 4, 2017 in a 3-0 sweep of Lesley University.

- Allen led the way for MIT with ten kills on 12 swings for a hitting percentage of .833 to go along with a trio of aces and three digs. Albright added seven kills, six aces and a dig, while Ogeka posted six kills and Ryan registered five kills of his own.

- MIT led statistically in kills (37-6), hitting percentage (.694--.158), assisted (34-6), service aces (21-1), digs (16-7) and solo blocks (2-0).

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. MSOE:

- MSOE came out of the gate firing as the visitors hit .560 in the opening set. The Raiders led from start to finish and built their lead to as many as ten at 21-11 late in the stanza thanks to a 5-0 run that was capped by an ace by Ben Pung and an MIT error. A block paired with an Engineers attack error gave the Raiders the first, 25-16.

- MIT trailed 6-4 in the second but a 6-0 run gave the Engineers a lead that they would not give back. The run featured an ace by Jacob Gasparich (New Lenox, Ill.), kills by Ryan and Nicholas Gustafson (San Diego, Calif.) as well as a solo block by Allen. Up 18-13, MIT closed the second on a 7-2 run to win it by a score of 25-15. An assisted block by Allen, Nathan Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) and Ryan accounted for set point for the Engineers. 

- Tied at 12-12 in the third, MIT embarked on a 7-2 run that gave the Engineers a 19-14 advantage. A swing by Gustafson secured the third set for MIT, 25-21.

- In the fourth, the Engineers led by just two at 21-19, but two errors by MSOE and a huge solo by Ryan was all MIT needed to win the set and the match. One final swing by Yurkanin gave MIT the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Yurkanin swung at a .429 clip with a match-high 12 kills for the Engineers, while Gustafson added seven kills for MIT. Wang dished out 29 assists and Thomas Nelson registered 12 digs, his ninth match of the year with double-digit digs.

- MIT totaled 25 block assists powered by seven from both Gustafson and Gasparich. In addition to his five kills, Ryan posted two solo blocks on the day for the Engineers.

- Today's meeting between MIT and MSOE was the first between the clubs since 2008.

- MIT picked up its second win of the season over a nationally-ranked opponent this afternoon as previously the Engineers defeated No. 5 Vassar College.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will have ten days off before its next match as the Engineers will host Rivier University on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 pm.

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