March 13, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a hard-fought non-conference men's volleyball match, nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT emerged with a 22-30, 33-31, 30-27, 30-25 victory over Endicott College. With the win, the Engineers improved to 23-4 overall while the Gulls fell to 15-14.
Endicott raced out to an 11-6 lead in the opening game and maintained its advantage as each side traded points. MIT was able to generate a three-point spurt that narrowed the margin to two (15-13). The Gulls ended the rally with three consecutive points of their own which gave them enough of a cushion as they cruised to the win.
In the second stanza, Endicott built a small lead that it held throughout most of the frame. Trailing 21-20, back-to-back strikes by Eric Reuland and Ryan Dean gave the Engineers their first advantage of the night. Each side traded points until the Gulls went ahead, 25-24. MIT went on a four-point run, but Endicott posted a pair of points that brought the score to 28-27. Coming out of their own timeout, the Engineers notched game point, however the Gulls recorded the next three points and forced another timeout. A kill by Praveen Pamidimukkala and a block from Michael Demyttenaere and Ryan Dean once again put MIT at game point (31-30). Endicott promptly called a timeout and went on to earn the ensuing point as hit by Tech sailed out of bounds. The Engineers bounced back as they registered the next two points, sealing the victory on a block by Reuland.
MIT established an early 7-4 advantage in the third frame, only to be erased by a four-point run sparked by strong serving from the Gulls' A.J. Witkofsky. The game was tightly played as it featured seven lead changes until Endicott went ahead, 21-19. The Gulls extended their margin to three (25-22), but a tip by Pamidimukkala sparked a seven-point run by the Engineers. Endicott was able to cut the deficit in half, but a kill from Demyttenaere stopped the late rally.
Like the first game, the Gulls built a small lead which they held as late as 17-14 in the final frame. Strong blocking by MIT helped it tally seven unanswered points and go ahead for good at 21-17. Endicott came within one point (23-22) as it capitalized on several miscues by the Engineers. Following a timeout, MIT posted three points with Reuland recording a kill and a block. The Gulls continued to attack as they cut their deficit in half (26-24). A service error returned the ball to the Engineers and Reuland once again gave his squad some breathing room with a kill. Endicott picked up one more point before MIT reached match point and then closed out the contest with a strike from Reuland.
Reuland finished the night with a career-high 20 kills to go along with three blocks and an ace. Pamidimukkala notched 25 kills and 12 digs while Scott Pollom posted 13 kills and seven blocks. Dean recorded his first double-double of the season on 14 digs and 10 kills as Demyttenaere registered four blocks. Philip Rogoz had a solid outing as he tallied a career-high 61 assists, four blocks, and an ace.
Eric Smith paced Endicott with 17 kills, 12 digs and three aces while George Chapell amassed 16 kills and 12 digs. Witkofsky also contributed 16 kills in addition to three blocks. Dan Coleman collected a match-high 22 digs as Ben Foster distributed 60 assists.
On Saturday, March 17, MIT will compete in a tri-match hosted by Emmanuel College that will also feature Wentworth Institute of Technology. Endicott's next match will be on March 24 when it hosts Rivier College.