Nazareth Outlasts MIT in Tri-Match

Nazareth Outlasts MIT in Tri-Match

Jan. 21, 2006


CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Nazareth College won three games in a row to defeat MIT, 27-30, 26-30, 30-20, 30-16, 17-15, in men's volleyball action on Saturday. The Golden Flyers also posted a 30-11, 30-18, 30-20 win over Elms College. MIT kicked off the tri-match by defeating Elms, 30-17, 30-13, 30-21, in a NECVA New England match.

Eugene Jang and Praveen Pamidimukkala each tallied four aces for the Engineers (2-1, 2-0 NECVA New England) against Elms. Pamidimukkala posted a team-high 13 kills while Ryan Dean totaled eight kills and 11 digs. Scott Pollom contributed three total blocks as Alex Borschow had a flawless hitting performance, recording five kills on five attempts. Jordan Wan distributed a match-high 31 assists.

Byron Bledsoe had a solid showing for the Blazers (0-2, 0-1 NECVA New England), finishing with 26 assists, 10 digs, nine kills and four aces. Patrick Boyajian paced Elms' attack with a match-high 14 kills.

Against Nazareth, Bledsoe recorded a double-double with 24 assists and 14 digs along with two solo blocks. Boyajian had nine kills and four solo blocks while Brian Cunniff totaled seven kills, 10 digs, and a pair of solo blocks.

Every hitter for the Golden Flyers (2-0) registered at least one kill or ace for a total of 31 kills and 14 aces. Frank Leahy and Geoff O'Connor combined for 28 assists, while Joe Petzoldt led Nazareth's attack with six kills along with four digs. Kelvin Rolle and Chris DeHority each posted five kills as DeHority totaled a team-high six digs.

In its come-from-behind win over MIT, Tom Maving paced Nazareth with 20 kills. Alex Cloutier added 17 kills and four blocks. DeHority anchored the defense with 12 digs while Leahy distributed 37 assists.

Pamidimukkala led MIT with 30 kills as Pollom notched 10 kills and five total blocks. Dean finished with a match-high 16 digs to go along with seven assists and two aces. Michelangelo Raimondi also picked up two aces while Wan dished out 45 assists.

The next match for MIT will be on Tuesday, Jan. 24 when it travels to Wentworth Institute of Technology.