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SUNY New Paltz Athletics | February 25, 2014

MIT downs top-ranked New Paltz State in five sets

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Top-rankde New Paltz State saw its 10-match win streak come to an end against No. 6 MIT on Tuesday night in a United Volleyball Conference (UVC) match, as the Engineers prevailed 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14) against the Hawks.

New Paltz, which had won the fourth set in convincing fashion to force the deciding stanza, rallied back from an 8-3 deficit in the fifth. The Engineers brought up match point at 14-11 after freshman middle hitter Aaron Zalewski posted a solo block, but New Paltz's sophomore middle blocker Christopher Husmann responded with three consecutive kills to force an MIT timeout. A Hawk attacking error followed by an Engineer block assist, however, ended up giving MIT the match victory, as New Paltz lost for the first time since falling to then-No. 4 Springfield at home on Feb. 6.

With the win, MIT moves into sole possession of first place in the UVC standings, while New Paltz drops back into a tie with Nazareth for second. MIT moves to 12-2 overall (6-1 UVC) while New Paltz falls to 13-2 overall (5-1 UVC).

MIT won the match at the net, posting 17 total team blocks to the Hawks' 11. MIT hit .184 for the match compared to New Paltz's .146 clip, but the Hawks did land five service aces to the Engineers' one.

For MIT, Siebert had a match-high 18 kills and hit .536, while senior setter Paul Syta doled out 31 assists. Busse finished with a match-high eight blocks, while Syta completed a double-double with 12 digs.

Four Hawks reached double-digit kill totals, led by Steven Woessner and Tim Ferriter, who had 13 each. Sophomore setter Christian Smith posted a double-double with 11 kills and 28 assists, while Husmann tallied 11 kills. Lutjen notched a double-double too, with 25 assists and 10 digs, while senior libero Victor Tuminelli defended 16 digs. Husmann led the team in blocking with six total blocks.

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