NEWTON, Mass. – Consistently one of the top ranked teams in the region, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came to Mount Ida Athletic Center and earned an efficient 3-0 victory over the Mustangs in non-conference men's volleyball action on Thursday evening.
The Engineers overwhelmed Mount Ida 25-5 in the opening set before taking the next two games by scores of 25-19 and 25-18.
Mount Ida managed just 12 kills in the match, 11 of them assisted by sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.).
Sophomores Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) and Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.) had three of those kills apiece and Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.), Rob Blanco (Palmdale, Calif.) and Carter Amadon (Athol, Mass.) had two kills each.
MIT was led offensively by seven kills apiece from Colton Stearns (Los Altos, Calif.) and Andrew Hall (Lynnfield, Mass.) and they jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the opening set to be on their way to the easy 1-0 lead.
After falling 25-19 in the second set, the Mustangs took the lead 3-0 and 8-5 in the third game, but the Engineers broke open a 13-13 game with a 4-0 run, including two kills from Hall and did not relinquish their advantage.
Sean Kropp (Fairless Hills, Pa.) added six kills for the Engineers, who ran their offense through Michael Kulinski (New Lenox, Ill.), who racked up 24 assists in two games after Yize Dong (Moraga, Calif.) posted eight assists in the first set.
Gyampo paced the Mustangs defensively with eight digs, while Suyash Fullay (Wexford, Pa.) had a game-high six digs for MIT.
The next time out, the Mustangs (4-4) head to Elms College for a 7:00 pm matchup a week from tonight.
MIT looks to continue their strong start (7-3) when they play Lesley and Emerson in Boston this Saturday.