Feb. 23, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the programs' first meeting since 1998, nationally-ranked No. 5 New York University defeated No. 14 MIT, 30-25, 30-27, 30-25, in a non-conference men's volleyball match on Saturday. With the win, the Violets improved to 10-5 on the year while the Engineers fell to 11-8.
NYU quickly established an 18-11 lead in the opening game. MIT tallied the next three points, but the Violets countered with a 6-3 spurt that put them up, 24-17. The Engineers responded with four consecutive points that brought them within three (24-21). Each side picked up a point before NYU increased its margin to 27-22. The exchange of points continued until a service error sealed the game for the Violets.
In the second stanza, strong blocking by NYU turned a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 advantage. The Violets maintained their slim margin until five unanswered points by the Engineers gave them a 16-15 lead. The game became a back-and-forth affair as it featured seven ties and four lead changes before a pair of miscues coupled with a block resulted in a 25-22 edge for NYU. Following its own timeout, MIT registered kills from Praveen Pamidimukkala and Malcolm Bean to close the gap to one. The Violets doubled their advantage courtesy of a block but another strike by Bean trimmed the lead to 26-25. NYU picked up back-to-back points to gain some breathing room as each side scored twice to close out the frame.
After giving up the first two points of the third game, the Engineers scored four in a row and later led, 7-5. The Violets generated a 7-0 run that put them ahead for good. MIT continued to attack, coming within one on four occasions, the last being at 24-23 on a hit from Pamidimukkala and then a block by Garrett Winther. NYU wrapped up the match by scoring six of the next eight points as it capitalized on four miscues by the Engineers.
Pamidimukkala paced the Cardinal and Gray with 11 kills and earned an ace which helped him surpass Ryan Dean for the Institute standard for aces in a career. Pamidimukkala currently stands with 133 career aces while Dean amassed 132 during his first three seasons at MIT. In two games, Bean notched seven kills and an ace while Winther and Michael Demyttenaere each registered five kills. Winther and Scott Pollom posted three blocks apiece as Dean and Tim Lee dished out 19 and eight assists, respectively. Dean tallied a team-high eight digs followed by Eugene Jang and Eric Reuland with five each.
Jonathan Wintermeyer had a solid outing for the Violets as he finished with 12 kills, six blocks, two aces, two digs, and a .438 hitting percentage. Devin Zolnowksi totaled 12 kills, a .500 hitting performance, and seven digs while Francis Hodgson posted three digs, two blocks, and two aces.
Next up for MIT will be a road match at NECVA New England Division foe Newbury College on Tuesday, Feb. 26. NYU will host No. 8 Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, Feb. 27.