March 11, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - With an Institute record of 77 kills, the MIT men's volleyball team defeated Johnson & Wales University, 30-23, 30-23, 29-31, 30-27, in a NECVA New England division match on Saturday. Praveen Pamidimukkala paced the Engineers (18-8, 7-1 NECVA) with 21 kills, 12 digs, five blocks, two assists, and one ace. Sean Lauro led the Wildcats' (12-6, 4-2 NECVA) attack with 17 kills.
After trading points to open the match, MIT scored three in a row for an 8-5 lead. Johnson and Wales took four out of the next five points to tie the contest at nine. A serving error by the Wildcats shifted the momentum to the Engineers and extended their advantage to four. Johnson & Wales cut the deficit to two (18-16), but it was a close as it would get as Tech controlled the rest of the game.
Johnson and Wales recorded the first three points of the second stanza and later established a 5-3 margin. Behind the serving of Pamidimukkala, MIT went up 7-5. The Wildcats stayed close for a majority of the game, but a four-point run brought the Engineers' lead to seven (22-15).
In the third game, Johnson & Wales tallied four unanswered points coming out of the gate. Facing a 10-6 deficit, Tech scored three points in a row. The Wildcats captured the next point, but MIT responded with a five-point spurt for a 14-11 advantage. Johnson & Wales countered with a four-point spree to regain the lead. The scoring went back and forth with the Engineers eventually going ahead, 26-22. Despite facing match-point, the Wildcats scored six in a row for the victory.
The Engineers bounced back in the final frame by establishing a 4-0 advantage on Ryan Dean's serve. MIT maintained the small lead for a majority of the game until Johnson & Wales evened the score at 24. After trading points, Tech took the next two which forced a timeout by the Wildcats. The Engineers continued to attack and found themselves with a 29-25 lead. Following another timeout by Johnson & Wales, the Wildcats narrowed the gap to two and caused MIT to use a timeout. Tech was successful in its final rotation as an attempted dig by Johnson & Wales sailed out of bounds.
Kenneth Rosche contributed a career-high 19 kills and a .432 hitting percentage to the Engineers' cause. Scott Pollom also set a career standard with 15 kills and added four blocks. Dean totaled 11 digs, seven kills, five aces, and five blocks as Michelangelo Raimondi bolstered MIT's attack with 10 kills. Jordan Wan recorded his third double-double of the season with 15 digs and an Institute-record 67 assists in a four-game match, while tallying four kills, four blocks, and two aces.
Albert Trevino and Hapaki Kaululauu each posted 12 digs as Trevino distributed 40 assists. James Collins finished with two aces and three blocks for the Wildcats.
The next match for MIT will be on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. when it travels to Emmanuel College.