March 21, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Behind an Institute-record 27 aces and a team hitting percentage of .458, the MIT men's volleyball team defeated upstart Southern Vermont College, 30-6, 30-10, 30-6, on Tuesday. With the win, the Engineers' record improved to 21-8 overall and 13-3 in the confines of Rockwell Cage. The Mountaineers' ledger moved to 1-6 in its inaugural season.
Ryan Dean closed the match with a 13-point serving run that included all seven of his service aces. He also shared setting duties with Jordan Wan, totaling 14 assists while Wan distributed 25. Praveen Pamidimukkala posted a hitting percentage of .833, tallying 15 kills on 18 error-free swings, and six aces. Randolph Li notched a career-high seven kills and two assisted blocks as Scott Pollom recorded six kills. Michelangelo Raimondi contributed five aces to Tech's record-breaking performance.
Nadir Raja had a solid showing for the Mountaineers as he finished with six blocks, one kill, and one ace. Brandon Dean added a kill and an ace while Luis Gonzalez recorded an assist. Brendan Benway paced Southern Vermont's defense with four digs.
The next match for MIT will be on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. when it travels to Lesley University.