Elms 2, MIT 3 (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 13-15)
With the score even at 19-19, Elms went on a 6-3 run to win the first 25-22. The set-ending run by the Blazers was sparked by a pair of kills by Jeremy Torres (Juncos, P.R.) as Elms hit .417 to go ahead 1-0 in the match.
The second set featured nine ties and five lead changes with the final tie coming at 17-17. Much as it did in the first, Elms put together a large set-ending run, but this time the spurt was 8-4 and was highlighted by back-to-back block assists by Diego Hernandez (San Juan, P.R.) and Daniel Martinez Bayamon, P.R.).
In the third the score was even at 4-4, but MIT put together an 8-2 run to go ahead 12-6. That was all of the momentum the Engineers would need to claim the third set. Elms cut its deficit to three at 20-17, but MIT outscored the Blazers 5-3 down the stretch and won the third, 25-20.
The fourth set was tied on seven different occasions. Midway through the stanza, the Blazers built its lead to three at 16-13, but MIT battled and eventually knotted the score up at 20-20. The Engineers trailed 22-20, but MIT scored four straight points to go ahead 24-22. An MIT kill sealed the fourth for the home side 25-23 as the Engineers hit a match-best .306 in the stanza.
Elms had an 11-9 advantage late in the fifth, but MIT outscored the Blazers 6-2 down the stretch to win the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.
Elms 3, Illinois Tech 1 (25-16, 25-18, 14-25, 25-13)
The Blazers jumped out to a quick two set lead, dominating the Scarlet Hawks. IIT erupted for 17 kills in the third set, where they registered a 25-14 victory. Elms would finish off IIT in the fourth set, leading the set from start to finish.
Torres and Luis Martinez (Bayamon, P.R.) combined for 24 kills in the match. Elms had three players register double digit digs. Manuel Savalza (Riverside, CA) led the way with 13, Carlos Mercado (Barranquitas, P.R.) picked up a double –double with 28 assists and 12 digs.
Elms held the Scarlet Hawks to .097 hitting while tallying a .214 figure.
The Blazers are now 6-4 on the season, and are back in action on Wednesday 2/12 at Lasell University.