Feb. 6, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nationally-ranked No. 10 MIT outlasted Rivier College, 30-25, 26-30, 32-30, 30-26, in a hard-fought North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division men's volleyball match on Tuesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 9-1 on the year and 6-0 in conference play while the Raiders fell to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the NECVA New England Division.
In the opening game, Rivier established a 7-4 advantage. Behind strong serving by Praveen Pamidimukkala, MIT tallied five unanswered points to take the lead. The Raiders quickly evened the score at nine, but the Engineers captured the next three points to go ahead for good. Tech eventually extended its margin to 21-15, but Rivier posted seven out of the next nine points to cut its deficit to one (23-22). MIT countered with a four-point spurt that gave it enough breathing room as both sides traded points to close the game.
Like the first frame, the Raiders opened up the second stanza with a 7-4 lead. The Engineers went on a 9-1 run that later resulted in a 16-11 advantage. Rivier responded by tallying seven points in row to regain the lead. MIT could not overcome the momentum shift as the Raiders went on to even the contest at one game each.
Both squads traded points to start the third game before the Engineers posted three in a row to take a 9-6 edge. The slim margin held throughout most of the game as MIT led 25-21. Following a timeout by Rivier, the Raiders rattled off four consecutive points. After trading points, Rivier went ahead at 28-27. Solid play at the net set up game point for the Engineers, but the Raiders evened the score at 29. Each side won a point before MIT posted the final two.
The early stages of the final frame were closely played as it featured 11 ties. Trailing 13-12, the Engineers went on a 7-1 run to take the lead. Rivier narrowed the gap to three (21-18), however, MIT tallied three points in a row to double its margin. The Raiders continued to attack as they once again cut their deficit to three (28-25), but they could not sustain the late rally.
Pamidimukkala posted 17 kills and 14 digs while Ryan Dean notched 16 kills on 31 attempts with three errors for a .419 hitting percentage and four assists. Eric Reuland contributed 17 kills, six blocks, and four assists while Matthew Ng recorded nine digs. Philip Rogoz finished with 52 assists, eight digs, and three blocks as Michael Demyttenaere led the blocking corps with nine stops. Eugene Jang paced the Engineers with three service aces.
Zach Stedman had a solid outing for Rivier as he registered 17 digs, 15 kills, and four blocks while Brice Stockman tallied 17 kills and four blocks. Zach Phillips rounded out the front row with 10 kills and six blocks as Justin Andreozzi led the defense with 16 digs. Kevin Harrington dished out 37 assists to go along with 11 digs.
Both teams continue NECVA New England Division play on Thursday, Feb. 8. MIT will make the trip to Johnson & Wales University while Rivier will travel to Emmanuel College.