Feb. 27, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Behind a solid hitting performance, the MIT men's volleyball team defeated NECVA New England Division foe Lasell College, 30-18, 30-18, 30-16, on Monday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 14-4 on the year and 6-1 in conference play while the Lasers dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the NECVA New England.
The majority of the opening game was closely played as Tech's lead was never larger than three. Lasell was able to cut its deficit to one (17-16), but MIT went on to score 13 of the next 15 points to take the win.
It was a similar story in the second stanza with the Engineers holding a slim 8-6 advantage. Tech responded with six unanswered points that resulted in a comfortable cushion. The Lasers came within five points on several occasions, the last time occurring at 22-17. MIT answered with a five-point burst that propelled it to a 30-18 victory.
The Engineers opened the final frame with a pair of four-point runs that resulted in an 8-2 lead. Although Lasell narrowed the margin to five (9-4), it would be as close as it would get as Tech's advantage quickly grew to double-digits.
Jordan Wan recorded a strong all-around performance as he connected on all four of his hitting attempts, collected four assisted blocks, and distributed 40 assists. Praveen Pamidimukkala tallied a match-high 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .524. Scott Pollom had a solid outing with 11 kills, a .500 hitting percentage, and four assisted blocks. Bob Aspell contributed another strong hitting performance on seven kills for a .545 hitting percentage. Ryan Dean and Eugene Jang each totaled two aces while Dean posted 12 digs.
David Rogers paced Lasell's attack with eight kills and added seven digs. Scott Penna notched a team-high 10 digs as Dwayne Cartagena racked up five kills and three solo blocks. Bryan Bobo and Gary Gay shared setting duties, finishing with 16 and 10 assists, respectively. Bobo tallied five kills while Gay chipped in two.
The next match for MIT will be on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. when it travels to Elms College.