Jan. 29, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT’s Michael Demyttenaere registered 13 kills, seven blocks, and two aces in a 30-21, 30-25, 26-30, 30-18 victory over North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division foe Wentworth Institute of Technology on Thursday. The win raised the Engineers’ overall record to 3-5 and 2-1 in conference action while the Leopards dipped to 0-2 overall and in NECVA play.
The early stages of the opening game were closely played as it featured eight ties and five lead changes. A strike by Scott Pollom sparked a 12-3 run that resulted in a 20-12 advantage for MIT. Wentworth slowly chipped away at the deficit, eventually coming within five points (24-19). A block by Demyttenaere and Eric Reuland returned the momentum to the Engineers as they scored six of the final eight points.
The second stanza was a back-and-forth affair, consisting of four lead changes and 15 ties, with neither side maintaining a lead of more than two points. With the game knotted at 22, the Cardinal and Gray picked up back-to-back points to gain some breathing room. Wentworth cut its deficit in half on two occasions, the last at 25-24 on a service error. A kill from Pollom generated a 5-1 spurt to wrap up the frame.
MIT established an 11-6 edge in the third set which prompted a timeout by the Leopards. Following the break, Wentworth gradually mounted a 17-6 run, claiming a 23-17 lead courtesy of eight unanswered points. The Engineers came within four (28-24) on a kill by Troy Tamas, resulting in another timeout by the Leopards. Wentworth responded with a strike from Lowell Jesmer to setup game point. A hitting error and then an ace by Demyttenaere prolonged the set, but another blast by Jesmer down the line forced a fourth game.
The Cardinal and Gray raced out to an 18-7 lead in the final frame. The Leopards continued to attack but they could not generate enough momentum to overcome the substantial deficit.
Pollom recorded 10 kills, eight blocks, and three aces as Tamas notched nine kills. Garrett Winther posted eight kills and four digs while Reuland compiled six kills and six blocks. Eugene Jang collected a team-high nine digs as Jeremy Velazquez added five of his own. Philip Rogoz dished out 31 assists for the Engineers.
Javier Feliciano paced the Leopards with a match-high 21 kills while Jesmer contributed 12 kills.
Both squads will continue NECVA New England Division action on the road this weekend. MIT will travel to Southern Vermont College on Friday, Jan. 30 while Wentworth will take on Southern Vermont in a tri-match hosted by Daniel Webster College the following day.