Jan. 31, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT saw seven players record at least one block assist in its 30-16, 30-15, 30-23 win over Lasell College in a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division men's volleyball match on Thursday. The nationally-ranked No. 11 Engineers improved to 5-4 on the year and 4-1 in conference play while the Lasers' ledger lowered to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in NECVA New England action.
The early stages of the opening game were closely played as Lasell posted back-to-back points that evened the score at seven. MIT tallied four straight points to take the lead for good but the Lasers immediately cut their deficit in half (11-9). The Engineers used a 7-2 spurt to increase their margin before each side traded points as a kill by Andy Cass brought Lasell within six (21-15). Keyed by strong serving from Scott Pollom, MIT closed out the game with a 9-1 run.
Although the Lasers notched the first two points of the second frame, the Engineers recorded six out of the next seven to go ahead, 6-3. Lasell narrowed the gap to one on two occasions, the last time being at 7-6. Sparked by a kill from Garrett Winther, MIT mounted a 10-3 run which prompted a timeout by the Lasers. Following the break, Lasell ended its scoring drought and eventually lowered its deficit to seven (19-12). This was as close as it would get as the Engineers recorded their second 10-3 run to wrap up the game.
In the final stanza, MIT established a 5-2 edge which was quickly erased with four straight points by the Lasers. The game would feature four more ties until a block by Kenneth Rosche and Pollom gave the Engineers a lead they would not relinquish. MIT slowly created a six-point cushion (17-11), but Lasell continued to attack and came within five several times, the last occurring at 26-21. A kill by Praveen Pamidimukkala followed by back-to-back blocks set up match point for the Engineers. A service error helped the Lasers extend the contest who then converted on their next serve. The late rally would not continue as a serving miscue sealed the match for MIT.
Michael Demyttenaere was a force to be reckoned with at the net as he tallied 11 block assists to go along with a team-best four aces. Pamidimukkala added five block assists to his team-high 13 kills while Pollom contributed seven kills and three block assists. Winther contributed five block assists and three aces as Rosche tacked on seven kills. Ryan Dean anchored the defense with 11 digs while Eugene Jang posted eight of his own. Matthew Ng collected seven digs as Philip Rogoz dished out 28 assists.
Next up for MIT will be a home NECVA New England Division match against Endicott College on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Lasell will host Elms College in a non-conference meeting on Friday, Feb. 1.