March 6, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind a season-high 17 service aces, the nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT men's volleyball team went on to record a 30-18, 30-10, 30-10 victory over Southern Vermont College in a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division match on Thursday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 16-8 on the year and 8-2 in conference play while the Mountaineers' ledger lowered to 0-15 overall and 0-10 in NECVA New England action.
In the opening game, Southern Vermont inched out to a 4-1 lead as it capitalized on MIT miscues. The Engineers responded with five straight points but the Mountaineers quickly knotted the contest at six. MIT countered with five unanswered points however Southern Vermont closed the gap to two (11-9) courtesy of three consecutive hitting errors. Each side traded points until a tip by Pete Winchester coupled with another hitting miscue by the Engineers brought the visitors within one (15-14). This was as close as it would get as MIT tallied the next nine points to get control of the frame. The Mountaineers continued to attack but they could not overcome the deficit as the Engineers held on for the win.
MIT registered the first two points of the second stanza before Southern Vermont captured the next four. A pair of strong serving runs from Eric Reuland and Steve Ray helped put the Engineers ahead, 24-5. The Mountaineers picked up back-to-back points but it could not sustain the rally as MIT scored six of the final nine points of the game.
The Cardinal and Gray tallied 10 straight points to start the final frame and eventually increased its margin to 27-7. Following its own timeout, Southern Vermont won the ensuing point and began an exchange of points until a strike by Malcolm Bean sealed the match for the Engineers.
Troy Tamas paced MIT's attack with 13 kills and a .400 hitting percentage to go along with four digs and an ace. Randolph Li notched 10 kills, three aces and three assists as Ray posted six aces, three kills, and two blocks. Reuland recorded 11 digs, four kills, and four aces while Michael Demyttenaere contributed five kills, five digs, and two blocks. Bean totaled six digs, five kills, and three aces as Tim Lee finished with 31 assists and six digs.
Brandon Dean led the Mountaineers with seven kills as Dan Sturrock collected seven digs. Keith Upham registered a match-high five blocks while Ryan Heron racked up five digs.
Next up for MIT will be the Endicott College March Madness Invitational held on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Southern Vermont will resume action on Wednesday, March 19 when it travels to Lesley University.