No. 13 Baruch ties for first at invitational after defeating No. 9 MIT in five sets
NASHUA, N.H. -- No. 13 Baruch won all four of its matches this weekend at the Live Free or Die Invitational.
The Bearcats started the season 4-0, which included victories against No. 7 Rivier College and No. 9 MIT.
They finish as co-champions with SUNY-New Paltz, which also finished the invitational with a 4-0 record against the competition field.
Following victories on Saturday against Rivier and Endicott, the Bearcats began Sunday by sweeping host Daniel Webster with scores of 25-18, 25-12, 25-20.
Steven Coniglio notched nine kills, Chris Kaimis knocked down seven and both Jack McKee and Aviv Elias added six kills each in the victory. Brian Coniglio dished out 31 assists as Baruch hit .311 for the entire match.
The Bearcats and MIT Engineers staged 46 ties and 20 lead changes as Baruch won with five sets with scores of 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-27, 24-22.
Steven Coniglio finished with 15 kills and seven total blocks (five solo), while Nick Smith notched 12 kills and a team-high 22 digs.
Gabe Rivera, Martin Joksimovik and Jack McKee notched nine kills apiece in the arduous match.
The Bearcats finished with a 58-45 advantage in kills and hit .184, while MIT hit .164.