Feb. 2, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In his fourth year at the helm of the MIT men's volleyball program, head coach Paul Dill earned his 65th career win following a 30-27, 30-18, 30-25 decision over Baruch College on Friday to become the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program. He is the sixth person at the Institute to earn the distinction of compiling the most wins as the head coach of two teams as he achieved this milestone with Tech's women's volleyball program in 2005.
The Bearcats (0-9) opened the match with three consecutive points which was then replicated by the Engineers (7-1). After trading points, Baruch scored four unanswered points before MIT tallied five in a row to take a 10-9 lead. The Bearcats responded with another four-point spurt and eventually held a 16-15 advantage. The Engineers picked up five of the next six points to go up 20-17. Following another four points by Baruch, MIT evened the contest at 21 for the ninth tie of the game. The Bearcats earned back-to-back points, but behind Philip Rogoz's serve, the Engineers went ahead, 26-23. Both sides traded points to close out the game.
Nationally-ranked No. 10 MIT raced out to a 7-2 advantage in the second stanza. Baruch stayed within striking distance for most of the frame as it trailed by five as late as 19-14. A six-point run that was followed by a four-point spree helped power the Engineers to the win.
The final frame was much like the first as it featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes. Baruch established a 10-7 edge which prompted a timeout by MIT. Following the break, the Engineers recorded the next two points. The Bearcats maintained the slim lead as they went ahead, 15-12. MIT registered three points in a row, but Baruch responded in kind. The Engineers slowly chipped away at the deficit and then took the lead at 24-22. The Bearcats produced the final tie of the match before MIT tallied five unanswered points. Following a service error by the Engineers, a blast by Praveen Pamidimukkala sealed the match.
Pamidimukkala notched his second double-double of the week on 21 kills and 10 digs while tallying three aces. Eric Reuland also posted 10 digs to go along with 13 kills as Steve Ray and Michael Demyttenaere each recorded six blocks. Ryan Dean registered eight kills, six blocks and six assists while Eugene Jang earned two aces. Philip Rogoz finished the night with 39 assists, nine digs, and three aces.
Greg Waldvogel paced Baruch with 14 kills and 11 digs as Stephen Hansen collected seven kills and seven digs. Radek Wyrwas distributed 10 assists for the Bearcats.
Next up for MIT will be a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division match at Southern Vermont College on Saturday, Feb. 3. Baruch will make the trip across the Charles River on the same day as it will face Newbury College and Wentworth Institute of Technology in a tri-match.