April 2, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's historical post-season run came to an end in the semifinals of NECVA Championship Tournament on Saturday. The No. 13 Engineers (23-9) swept No. 5 SUNY New Paltz, 30-24, 30-24, 30-18, in a quarterfinal match before falling to No. 8 Eastern Mennonite University, 30-17, 30-25, 31-29. Tech's 2-1 record in the tournament marked its best showing in its six trips to post-season play.
A balanced scoring attack helped power MIT in its sweep over New Paltz. Praveen Pamidimukkala totaled 11 kills while Ryan Dean, Scott Pollom, Alex Borschow, and Michelangelo Raimondi each contributed seven. Matthew Ng anchored the defense with 12 digs as Pamidimukkala and Jordan Wan both tallied seven. Scott Pollom posted a team-high four total blocks followed by three from Borschow. Wan also distributed 37 assists in the win.
Against Eastern Mennonite, Pollom paced the Engineers with 15 kills and three assisted blocks. Pamidimukkala added 14 kills while Dean accounted for all three of Tech's aces. Jason Park notched a team-high six digs as Wan dished out 41 assists.