Jan. 25, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a hard-fought North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division match, nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT emerged with a 30-21, 30-20, 30-25, victory over Emmanuel College on Thursday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference while the Saints' ledger fell to 0-4 on the year and 0-1 in the NECVA New England Division.
In the first game, MIT raced out to a 12-6 lead behind several key blocks. Emmanuel responded with an 8-3 run that narrowed its deficit to one (15-14). A quartet of three-point spurts helped propel the Engineers to the opening game victory.
The early stages of the second stanza were closely played as MIT held an 11-9 advantage. A service error by the Saints sparked a five-point run by the Engineers. Emmanuel picked up the next two points, cutting the margin to 16-11. This was as close as it would get as MIT outscored the Saints, 14-9, to close out the game.
In the final frame, Emmanuel established a 3-1 lead which was then erased by three consecutive points by the Engineers. The Saints evened the contest on the next serve, but MIT posted another three-point run. Emmanuel answered with its own spurt that tied the game at eight. The game quickly reached its third tie at 11.
The Engineers won the next two points to put them ahead for good, however, several service errors kept the frame tight as the Saints trailed, 16-15. MIT won five out the next six points, which prompted a timeout by Emmanuel. Following the break, the Saints outscored the Engineers, 5-2, bringing the score to 23-21. A blast by Praveen Pamidimukkala brought the momentum back to MIT as it tallied five consecutive points. Emmanuel recorded four more points before strong front row play by the Engineers sealed the victory.
Scott Pollom finished the night with 13 kills on 18 attempts with two errors for a hitting percentage of .611 to go along with four blocks and two aces for MIT. Michael Demyttenaere connected on six of his nine hitting attempts while posting a team-high five blocks. Pamidimukkala notched eight kills and six digs as Philip Rogoz registered 37 assists and three blocks. Eric Reuland and Ryan Dean each contributed seven kills while Reuland added four blocks and four aces. Matthew Ng tallied a team-best eight digs as Dean posted seven.
Emmanuel was led by Michael Townsend who notched 10 kills and seven digs. Brendan Ellis registered seven kills while Taylor Lowe dished out 28 assists.
Next up for MIT will be a conference match at Lasell College on Monday, Jan. 29 while Emmanuel will host Lesley University on Saturday, Jan. 27.