Feb. 9, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Hours after earning its first national ranking under head coach Paul Dill, MIT defeated Newbury College, 21-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-25, in NECVA action on Tuesday night. The Engineers improved to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play, becoming the only undefeated team in Division III, while the Nighthawks fell to 8-1 and 3-1 in NECVA play. Tech climbed into the national poll for the first time in two years, placing 15th in the CSTV/AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Poll.
Praveen Pamidimukkala had a solid performance, finishing with 13 kills, two aces, two solo blocks and three assisted blocks. Rob McAndrew tallied a team-high 23 kills, falling three short of the Institute record of kills in a four-game match. He also contributed nine digs and three block assists. Michelangelo Raimondi posted nine kills while Ryan Dean and Bob Aspell each contributed eight. Dean paced MIT with 14 digs while Aspell notched a team-best four block assists. Jordan Wan dished out 52 assists and collected eight digs.