Feb. 11, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nationally-ranked No. 12 Ramapo College defeated No. 11 MIT, 30-25, 26-30, 30-25, 34-32, in the championship match of the Fourth Annual MIT Men's Volleyball Invitational on Sunday. The Roadrunners became the second team in the tournament's history to claim the crown in its first appearance as Emmanuel College accomplished this feat in 2006. Praveen Pamidimukkala and Philip Rogoz both received All-Tournament Team honors while Ryan Dean became the first player in the program's history to reach the 1,000-dig mark.
The Cardinal and Gray opened the weekend with a 30-17, 30-11, 30-15 win over Mount Ida College. Pamidimukkala paced MIT's balanced attack with seven kills as Kenneth Rosche and Troy Tamas both picked up six. Michael Demyttenaere notched a team-high four blocks and three aces while Rosche, Steve Ray, and Garrett Winther each registered three blocks. Dean led the defense with nine digs, followed by six from Matthew Ng. Rogoz and Tim Lee shared setting duties, finishing with 23 and 12 assists, respectively.
MIT posted 17 blocks en route to its 30-20, 30-24, 30-26 victory over the University of New Haven. Rogoz just fell shy of a triple-double as he totaled 32 assists, 10 blocks, and eight digs. Demyttenaere recorded eight blocks while Scott Pollom contributed six. Pamidimukkala tallied 13 kills as Winther amassed 10 kills and four blocks. Dean bolstered the Engineers' efforts with five digs.
The Cardinal and Gray wrapped up pool play on Sunday with a 30-19, 30-28, 30-26 win over the College of Mount Saint Vincent. In two games of action, Pollom posted seven kills, a .636 hitting percentage, and four blocks. Pamidimukkala registered a team-high 13 kills in two games while Demyttenaere collected five blocks. Rogoz notched 23 assists, six digs, and three blocks as Lee dished out 10 assists. Dean led the back row with eight digs while Ng and Eugene Jang each added five.
In the title match versus Ramapo, Dean recorded 14 digs to surpass the 1,000-dig mark. Pamidimukkala tallied 22 kills as Pollom picked up 11 kills and four blocks. Demyttenaere paced the Engineers with seven blocks while Winther chipped in four of his own. Rogoz totaled 45 assists and 12 digs as Jang collected 11 digs.