March 10, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With a 30-25, 26-30, 33-31, 30-26 victory over conference foe Newbury College, the nationally-ranked No. 10 MIT men's volleyball team raised its North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division record to 10-0 en route to its first regular-season title since joining the league in 2004. No. 3 Carthage College swept the Nighthawks, 30-20, 30-18, 30-22, in the second match of the day and then gave the Engineers their first home loss of the season by defeating the hosts, 30-14, 30-24, 30-22.
With a season-high 24 kills, junior Praveen Pamidimukkala surpassed the Institute mark for kills in a career which was previously 1,265. He also posted 10 digs and two aces as Scott Pollom tallied 14 kills and four blocks. Philip Rogoz had a solid outing for the Engineers (22-4) as he finished with 58 assists, 13 digs, and two aces. Eric Reuland contributed 16 kills, 12 digs, and a team-high seven blocks while Michael Demyttenaere bolstered MIT's front row with four blocks. Ryan Dean registered 11 digs and seven assists as Matthew Ng collected 17 digs. Eugene Jang rounded out Tech's defensive efforts with 10 digs.
Nicholas Horrocks led Newbury (19-8, 8-3 NECVA) with 31 digs while Erik Kostanski amassed 21 kills. Matthew Hartmann recorded 59 assists and six blocks as Ken McNeeley picked up 10 kills and seven blocks.
In Carthage's first match, Rob Koehler paced the Red Men (15-7) with 10 kills and a .818 hitting percentage. Al Russo totaled 11 kills, a .588 hitting percentage, and three aces as Ryan Baumgartner notched 19 digs. Matt Ulmer dished out 41 assists and earned four blocks.
McNeeley was Newbury's offensive leader as he tallied nine kills to go along with three blocks. Harrocks collected 16 digs while Hartmann distributed 27 assists.
In the final match of the day, Reuland led MIT's defense with 10 digs and three blocks as Pamidimukkala posted 13 kills and eight digs. Dean added seven kills to Tech's cause while Rogoz recorded 24 assists.
Ulmer totaled 31 assists, 11 digs, and three blocks for Carthage as Russo tallied 11 kills and eight digs. Juri Veldre finished with 10 kills and a .421 hitting performance while Baumgartner and Shane Olson amassed 16 and 12 digs, respectively.
On Tuesday, March 13, MIT will host Endicott College while Newbury will do the same for Johnson & Wales University. Carthage continues its weekend trip to Massachusetts on Sunday, March 11 as it will travel to Endicott to face the host Gulls and Mount Ida College.