Jan. 19, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT men's volleyball team opened its 2006 campaign by defeating Mount Ida College, 30-15, 30-22, 30-14, in NECVA New England action on Thursday night. Praveen Pamidimukkala paced the Engineers (1-0, 1-0 NECVA New England) with 12 kills while recording a hitting percentage of .611 in addition to 10 digs. Tim Hughes had a solid showing for the Mustangs (0-1, 0-1 NECVA New England), finishing with a match-high 16 kills, six digs, and one block.
MIT notched the first two points of the match before Mount Ida quickly evened the score. The Engineers took the lead for good by tallying three consecutive points. A pair of four-point runs midway through the game extended Tech's advantage to 11 (20-9) and helped lead it to the win.
The second stanza was a tightly fought battle that saw the Mustangs eventually post an 8-8 tie. MIT responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points. Coming out of a timeout, Mount Ida slowly chipped away at the deficit with several short scoring spurts, coming within two (23-21). On the ensuing serve, a kill from Scott Pollom brought the momentum back to the Engineers and enabled them to close out the game.
A 2-2 tie in the final frame was quickly erased when MIT tallied five unanswered points. After trading points for a few serves, the Engineers went on a 13-0 run that resulted in an 18-5 advantage and put the game out of reach.
In his collegiate debut, Pollom notched eight kills and a match-high three blocks along with a .636 hitting percentage. Bob Aspell also had a fine hitting performance, tallying seven kills and a percentage of .583. Ryan Dean anchored the defense with 13 digs while Matthew Ng totaled 12 digs. Jordan Wan distributed 34 assists and earned three aces.
For Mount Ida, Bora Keo contributed seven kills and six digs while Lad Yanovsky had 16 assists.
The next match for MIT will be on Saturday, Jan. 21 when it hosts Elms College and Nazareth College in a tri-match starting at 11:00 a.m.