Feb. 10, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT men's volleyball team emerged with a 30-11, 30-13, 30-20 victory over Daniel Webster College in a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division match on Tuesday night. The Engineers registered a balanced performance as they improved to 5-7 on the year and 4-3 in conference action. The Eagles, currently in their first season as a varsity program, saw their ledger dip to 2-3 overall and in NECVA New England play.
MIT tallied seven straight points to open the contest, but Daniel Webster slowly narrowed the gap to six (10-4). The Engineers responded with an 11-1 run, which was stopped by a cross-court strike from the Eagles' Ian Catenzaro. After trading points, the Cardinal and Gray recorded a 7-2 spurt that setup game point. A service error coupled with a block by Chris Shannon and Sean Rogers extended the frame, however MIT sealed the set on its next opportunity.
The Engineers established a 3-1 edge in the second stanza which was quickly erased courtesy of back-to-back blocks by Daniel Webster. This was as close as it would get as a service error led to a 16-5 run by MIT that resulted in a 19-8 advantage. The Eagles continued to attack, although they were unable to overcome the substantial deficit as the hosts cruised to the win.
In the third game, the Engineers enjoyed an early 5-1 edge. Undeterred, Daniel Webster remained within striking distance for most of the frame as it trailed by three (14-11). MIT used an 11-4 run to gain some breathing room, but the Eagles capitalized on several miscues by the Engineers which cut the margin to six (26-20). Hopes of maintaining the late rally were thwarted by Randolph Li as he notched three straight points before a Daniel Webster hitting error wrapped up the match.
Eric Reuland paced MIT with eight kills to go along with five aces and five digs. Malcolm Bean posted seven kills and two blocks as Li totaled six kills. Michael Demyttenaere and Garrett Winther both registered six kills and two blocks. Philip Rogoz and Caine Jette completed the blocking corps with two stops as well. Jeremy Velazquez notched six digs and five aces while Eugene Jang led the defense with seven digs. Jette dished out a team-high 15 assists in the second game as Rogoz and Tim Lee each added 12 assists in the first and third games, respectively.
Catenzaro collected eight kills and three digs for the Eagles while Shannon finished with five kills, three digs, and an ace. Eric Smith distributed 15 assists in addition to a pair of aces.
Both squads will face non-conference foes later this week. MIT will host nationally-ranked No. 5 Rivier College on Thursday, Feb. 12 while Daniel Webster will travel to Mount Ida College the next day.