March 23, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With wins over Mount Ida College and host Albertus Magnus College, Paul Dill surpassed the 500-victory mark of his intercollegiate coaching career on Saturday. Dill has compiled 489 wins during his tenure with the MIT men’s and women’s volleyball programs and he picked up 12 victories when he was at the helm of the Emmanuel College men’s volleyball team in its inaugural season.
The Engineers (25-11) opened the day with a 30-25, 30-16, 30-24 decision over Mount Ida, helping Dill reach his milestone. Scott Pollom notched 10 kills, a .444 hitting percentage, and five blocks as Michael Demyttenaere tallied nine blocks, six kills, a .750 hitting performance, and three aces. Eric Reuland posted nine kills and six blocks while Daniel Sngiem picked up two aces in one game. Randolph Li bolstered MIT’s attack with six kills as David Thomas added four blocks. Troy Tamas led the defense with 14 digs, followed by Eugene Jang (eight) and Jeremy Velazquez (six). Tim Lee registered 23 assists and five digs in two games while Caine Jette closed out the match with 10 assists.
The Cardinal and Gray wrapped up its regular season with a 30-12, 30-11, 30-10 win over the host Falcons. Li, Tamas, and Reuland each posted seven kills to lead the balanced attack. Li tacked on five aces while Tamas contributed four blocks and three aces. Reuland notched four digs as Demyttenaere dominated the service line, compiling six aces in one set. Benson George contributed six kills and three blocks while Jette recorded 26 assists, three aces, and three blocks. Jang paced MIT with 11 digs as Sngiem totaled four digs and two aces.
Next up for the Engineers will be the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament which they will host April 3-5. Seedings and the complete tournament schedule will be announced on Monday, March 30.