April 1, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT men's volleyball team wrapped up regular-season competition with a 30-20, 30-19, 30-16 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology in a non-conference match on Tuesday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 24-10 overall while the Leopards closed their campaign with a record of 3-15.
In the opening frame, MIT established an 8-5 edge. Following its own timeout, Wentworth posted five straight points behind strong serving from Lowell Jesmer. The Engineers countered with four consecutive points, but the Leopards quickly knotted the contest at 12. A three-point spurt gave MIT some breathing room however Wentworth continued to attack and trailed by two as late as 19-17. The Engineers responded by scoring 11 of the last 14 points to close out the game.
The early stages of the second stanza were closely played as the Leopards nearly forced three ties. A service error coupled with a block helped MIT increase its lead to 16-10. Wentworth cut its deficit in half, but that was as close as it would get as the Engineers mounted a 14-6 run to finish out the frame.
In the final game, the Leopards came within one point on two occasions, the last coming on a service error that made the score 9-8. MIT thwarted Wentworth's attempt at generating a rally by posting five consecutive points before finishing off the match with a 15-6 run.
Praveen Pamidimukkala tallied 10 kills in two games as Malcolm Bean collected seven kills and four blocks in one game. Scott Pollom notched six kills, five blocks, and three aces while Michael Demyttenaere contributed seven kills and three blocks. Ryan Dean racked up 31 assists, four digs, three aces, and three blocks. Eugene Jang and Matthew Ng rounded out the defense with six and three digs, respectively.
Jesmer paced Wentworth's attack with six kills while Jeff DeMartin led the defense with 15 digs.
MIT will continue play on Friday, April 6 in the first round of the NECVA Championship Tournament which will be hosted by Ramapo College. The No. 9-seeded Engineers will take on No. 8 Hunter College at 8:00 p.m.