March 15, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Victories over Baruch College and nationally-ranked No. 11 Rivier College helped the No. 13 MIT men's volleyball team surpass the 20-win mark for the fourth year in a row as its ledger improved to 21-10. The Engineers held off Baruch (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and then outlasted Rivier (23-30, 27-30, 31-29, 30-13, 15-13) to reach the milestone. Earlier, Rivier topped Baruch, 36-34, 30-24, 28-30, 30-19.
No. 13 MIT def. Baruch College, 32-30, 30-25, 30-27
Praveen Pamidimukkala paced MIT with 17 kills to go along with seven blocks, five digs, and two aces. Scott Pollom tallied seven blocks, six kills, five digs, and two aces as Kenneth Rosche contributed 11 kills and three blocks. Michael Demyttenaere totaled eight kills and five blocks while Garrett Winther notched six kills and four assists. Ryan Dean racked up 35 assists, eight digs, and four blocks as Matthew Ng collected a team-high 10 digs. Eugene Jang bolstered the Engineers' serving efforts with a pair of aces.
Danial Levent led Baruch (20-11) with 23 kills, 11 digs, three blocks, and an ace. Levi Rachmanov anchored the defense with 14 digs as Jonathan Tuwaidan finished with 10 digs and seven kills. Radu Wyrwas compiled 36 assists, five digs, and an ace.
No. 11 Rivier College def. Baruch College, 36-34, 30-24, 28-30, 30-19
Matt Ferreira recorded an efficient hitting performance for Rivier (19-8) as he totaled 20 kills with three errors on 35 attempts for a percentage of .486 to go along with nine blocks. Scott Wright tallied 15 kills, a .448 hitting percentage, four aces, and four blocks as Jared Andreozzi notched 13 kills, eight digs, and six blocks. Kyle O'Neill collected a team-high nine digs while Clint Whelan and Zach Hansen shared setting duties, finishing with 26 and 21 assists, respectively.
Danial Levent paced the Bearcats' attack with 31 kills while racking up 14 digs. Jonathan Tuwaidan totaled 12 kills and nine digs as Radu Wyrwas tallied 46 assists, 13 digs, and four kills.
No. 13 MIT def. No. 11 Rivier College, 23-30, 27-30, 31-29, 30-13, 15-13
In the five-game thriller, Praveen Pamidimukkala registered 22 kills, 13 digs, and three aces as Malcolm Bean posted 19 kills and three blocks. Michael Demyttenaere compiled 13 kills and five blocks while Garrett Winther totaled five digs and four blocks. Ryan Dean amassed 64 assists and 13 digs as Troy Tamas earned two aces. Eugene Jang and Matthew Ng rounded out the defense with seven and five digs, respectively.
Zach Hansen recorded a double-double for the Raiders on 57 assists and 18 digs in addition to five blocks. Kyle O'Neill racked up 20 digs as Scott Wright notched 18 kills. Matt Ferreira posted 16 kills and five blocks while Jared Andreozzi finished with 12 kills and six digs.
Next up for MIT will be a home match against cross-town rival Harvard University on Wednesday, March 19. Baruch will close its regular-season schedule on Thursday, March 20 when it hosts Cooper Union College. Rivier will continue its road trip on Monday, March 17 when it travels to Elms College.