March 8, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Jordan Wan became the first player in the history of the MIT men's volleyball program to eclipse the 3,000-assist mark while Ryan Dean established a new Institute record for digs in a season in the Engineers' 30-26, 30-27, 27-30, 30-20 loss to Harvard University on Wednesday. With 40 assists, Wan brought his career tally to 3,017 and Dean posted six digs to eclipse the previous mark of 256.
After trading points to open the match, Tech (17-8) went on a 5-0 run to take an 8-4 lead. MIT maintained a small advantage throughout a majority of the frame, but the Crimson (5-9) continued to attack. Trailing 22-18, Harvard notched a pair of three-point bursts that eventually put it ahead, 24-23. The Engineers regained the lead, before the Crimson scored the next three points, forcing an MIT timeout. Coming out of the break, Tech cut the deficit to one (27-26), however, the Crimson picked up the next three points for the win.
Like the first game, the Engineers rattled off four consecutive points to build a 7-4 advantage. Harvard later responded with a four-point run which resulted in an 11-9 lead. The contest saw six ties and two lead changes until the Crimson posted back-to-back points for a 19-17 margin. Harvard maintained the small cushion as Tech came within one on several occasions, the last occurring at 28-27.
In the third stanza, it was Harvard that established an early advantage at 11-7. Following a timeout, MIT outscored the Crimson, 7-2, to take its first lead of the frame. The game was closely played as Harvard regained the advantage and posted a two-point margin (18-16). The Engineers captured the next point and a block by Praveen Pamidimukkala knotted the contest for the last time as they turned a two-point deficit into a two-point lead. The Crimson remained within striking distance as it cut the margin to one (22-21). Three unanswered points by Tech helped propel it to the victory.
Harvard quickly took the first five points of the final frame, which forced MIT to play catch-up for the rest of the game. The Engineers were able to come within two (14-12), but the Crimson went on a four-point run that put the game out of reach.
Pamidimukkala had a solid outing as he finished with a team-high 14 kills, four assisted blocks, and nine digs. Kenneth Rosche notched 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .417 while Michelangelo Raimondi contributed eight digs and four assisted blocks. In addition to his record-breaking performance in the dig category, Dean totaled two aces and four assists.
The next match for MIT will be on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. when it hosts Johnson & Wales University.