CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On day two of the MIT Scramble and in their final regular season matches leading up to the 2015 NECC Tournament, the Endicott men's volleyball team split with non-conference opponents Lehman and MIT to see their record move to 15-11 overall. Endicott swept Lehman 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-15) as the Gulls erupted for a .452 hitting percentage and 10.0 team blocks but lost in three (25-21, 25-23, 25-15) to the host Engineers.
Endicott finished second to MIT in the final scramble standings as junior outside hitter John Osborne (Freehold, N.J.) and junior setter Cameron Little (San Diego, Calif.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Match One: Endicott 3, Lehman 0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-15)
Lehman got a match-high 14 kills from junior outside Jaleen Lino (Punta Gorda, Belize) but Endicott's balanced offensive of nine-different attackers with kills generated a .452 hitting percentage and 30 assists for Little.
Middles Daniel Toth (Vernon, N.J.) and Ryan Sutherland (Fairport, N.Y.) led the team with six kills apiece and a combined seven block assists while senior captain Billy Mullen (Weymouth, Mass.), junior opposite Chandler Tayek (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), and sophomore outside Tyler Willgoos (Newington, Conn.) showcased Endicott's abilities from the pins. Willgoos had five kills on 12 errorless swings with two block assists while Mullen and Tayek each added four kills and multiple blocks.
Both Mullen and freshman defensive specialist Troy Riorden (Fairport, N.Y.) had a team-high seven digs with senior captain and libero Kristian Catalan (Sudbury, Mass.) registering five digs in just one set played.
Little exhibited his fine serving skills with three aces with Sutherland and junior outside Dan Seaver (Milford, Mass.) each adding one. Seaver also had three kills in the win.
Match Two: MIT 3, Endicott 0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-15)
The Engineers saw three players reach double figures for kills including a match-high 17 from senior opposite Alex Klein (San Diego, Calif.) as MIT hit .284 as a team. Freshman outside Jack Serrino (Glencoe, Ill.) and senior outside Chris Omahan (Mount Vernon, Ohio) added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for the Engineers who improved to 18-11 on the year.
Osborne as well as Milford natives Seaver and Alex Wasik did their part offensively with 10, nine, and eight kills, respectively, with Little distributing 35 assists in three sets but the Gulls were held at bay by MIT. Osborne's 10 kills came on 38 errorless swings with a .263 hitting percentage.
Defensively, Endicott was strong with seven team blocks as Sutherland had a match-high four assisted blocks, Toth and Osborne each added three apiece, and Wasik stopped two. Catalan and Osborne each totaled nine digs with Riorden adding six more.
MIT defensive specialist Jordan Lucier (Torrance, Calif.) would lead all players with 14 digs in the win.