March 2, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Double-doubles by Praveen Pamidimukkala and Ryan Dean helped lead the nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT men's volleyball team to a 30-28, 30-20, 26-30, 30-26 win over Emmanuel College on Thursday night. With their fifth win in a row, the Engineers' record improved to 16-4 while the Saints dropped to 10-8 on the year. Emmanuel maintained a slim lead during the early stages of the opening game that eventually grew to three (11-8).
Tech answered with three consecutive points for the fifth tie of the game. After trading points, the Saints went up, 14-12. MIT went on to score five unanswered points, but Emmanuel continued to attack and later tied the game at 28. Following a timeout by the Engineers, Tech closed out the game with back-to-back points.
In the second stanza, MIT quickly jumped out to a 6-3 lead. The Saints responded by tallying five points in a row. A three-point spurt by the Engineers was immediately duplicated by Emmanuel. After trading points, Tech posted a 13-12 advantage. MIT maintained a one-point margin until the Saints picked up the next three for an 18-16 edge. The Engineers answered by scoring 14 of the next 16 points for the win.
Tech opened the third game with five unanswered points and sustained a sizable lead that grew to 19-10. Like the first game, Emmanuel slowly chipped away at the deficit and it eventually knotted the contest at 21. MIT captured the next point, but the Saints won the next three, marking their first lead of the game. The Engineers were able to even the game at 26, but Emmanuel notched the next four points.
In the final frame, MIT established a 14-9 advantage. The Saints stayed within striking distance and eventually overtook the Engineers with a five-point run for a 19-18 lead. Both sides traded points, but Tech scored four in a row to go ahead for good. Coming out of its own timeout, Emmanuel collected a point that cut its deficit to two (23-21). That was as close as it would get as MIT built a small cushion by posting three consecutive points.
Pamidimukkala recorded his fifth double-double of the season on 19 kills and 11 digs. Dean notched his second consecutive double-double by totaling 46 assists and a team-high 12 digs. Alex Borschow registered a career-high nine total blocks and added eight kills. Scott Pollom and Bob Aspell contributed eight and seven total blocks, respectively, while Kenneth Rosche compiled eight kills. Matthew Ng and Eugene Jang rounded out MIT's defense with nine digs apiece.
For Emmanuel, Steve Yates posted a match-high 29 kills and 15 digs. John Bluhm had a strong outing as he finished with 14 kills, 13 digs, and four aces. Pat Bemis distributed 51 assists and earned three aces while Ricky Wong collected 12 digs.
This weekend MIT will compete in the Endicott College Tournament to be held on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5.