March 10, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT men's volleyball advanced to the championship bracket of the Endicott College March Mania Invitational for the second year in a row, this time finishing fourth among 12 teams. The Engineers (18-10) opened the tournament by defeating SUNY New Paltz (30-28, 33-31, 25-30, 31-29) and No. 11 Medaille College (30-20, 30-16, 30-16). On Sunday, Tech fell to No. 6 Nazareth College (30-22, 30-23, 30-25) and No. 8 Ramapo College (30-24, 30-20, 30-25). Ryan Dean represented MIT on the All-Tournament Team.
Michael Demytternaere registered an incredible hitting performance against New Paltz as he notched 21 kills with four errors on 42 attempts for a percentage of .405. Scott Pollom tallied 14 kills, a .407 hitting percentage, and seven blocks while Kenneth Rosche posted 12 kills. Praveen Pamidimukkala totaled 17 digs, 10 kills, and four blocks as Dean racked up 58 assists and 11 digs. Matthew Ng paced the defense with 15 digs while Garrett Winther contributed seven blocks.
In Saturday's nightcap versus Medaille, the Engineers registered a team hitting percentage of .430, including a total of .615 (18 kills, two errors, 26 attempts) in the third game. Pamidimukkala led the charge with 14 kills, a .650 hitting percentage, six digs, and three blocks. Demyttenaere finished with seven kills and three blocks as Rosche had eight kills. Winther recorded six digs and four blocks while Pollom led the front row with five blocks. Dean amassed 31 assists, a team-high 10 digs, and two aces in the win.
Against Nazareth in semifinal action, Pamidimukkala compiled 15 kills and nine digs as Pollom posted eight kills and four blocks. Demytternaere contributed six kills and four blocks while Winther added three blocks of his own. Ng collected 10 digs as Dean tallied 30 assists and 12 digs.
MIT capped off the weekend with Pamidimukkala registering 11 kills and six digs as Demyttenaere posted eight kills and a .313 hitting percentage. Malcolm Bean totaled four kills in one game while Ng recorded seven digs. Eric Reuland bolstered the defense's efforts with six digs as Dean finished with 34 assists and eight digs.