March 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT hung on to defeat Johnson & Wales University, 26-30, 30-25, 30-22, 30-28, in a non-conference men's volleyball match on Tuesday. The Engineers improved to 25-5 in their last home match of the season while the Wildcats fell to 8-15 on the year.
With a career-high 20 digs, Ryan Dean set a new Institute standard in career digs as he eclipsed the previous mark of 803. Entering the match, Michael Demyttenaere needed only one block to break the record for total blocks in season. His team-high five stops raised his total to 140 in his rookie season. Dean and Scott Pollom each posted four blocks while Kenneth Rosche tallied a season-high 14 kills to go along with a .428 hitting percentage. Praveen Pamidimukkala finished with 24 kills and a .431 hitting performance, 18 digs, and two aces as Philip Rogoz registered 49 assists and 12 digs.
Sean Lauro led Johnson & Wales with 21 kills while Albert Trevino dished out 44 assists. Hapaki Kaululaau paced the defense with a match-high 26 digs.
Both teams will continue action on the road on Thursday, March 22. MIT will travel to Mount Ida College while Johnson & Wales will make the trip to Elms College.