Feb. 27, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Strong defense and a balanced attack helped power MIT to a 30-18, 30-23, 30-26 victory over nationally-ranked No. 15 Milwaukee School of Engineering on Wednesday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 13-8 on the year while the Raiders fell to 5-12 this season.
MIT posted five straight points to start the match and never looked back as it established a 21-8 advantage. The Engineers maintained their 13-point lead as late as 25-12 before sealing up with win.
In the second stanza, MIT created a 5-1 edge but MSOE responded with a 10-3 run. The Engineers scored the next three points to even the frame at 11. The game became a back-and-forth affair as it featured seven ties and five lead changes until a service error put MIT ahead, 21-20. The Engineers scored five out of the next six points, which prompted a timeout by the Raiders. Following the break, MSOE narrowed the gap to three (26-23) however Malcolm Bean closed out the game for the Engineers with a pair of kills and a pair of assisted blocks with Michael Demyttenaere.
The Cardinal and Gray registered an 8-3 lead and held on to the slight edge for most of the final frame until a 6-2 spurt brought the Raiders within one (20-19). A kill by Praveen Pamidimukkala on the ensuing serve gave MIT some breathing room as it eventually increased its margin to 26-22. MSOE picked up the next two points, but the Engineers tallied three in a row to set up match point. Following their own timeout, the Raiders extended the contest with a pair of points including an ace by Chris Brandt. The late rally would fall short as MIT clinched the match on the next serve.
Ryan Dean had a solid outing for the Engineers as he finished with 35 assists, 11 digs, three blocks, three kills, and an ace. Pamidimukkala posted a team-high 13 kills to go along with 10 digs, two blocks, and an ace. In two games, Bean notched nine kills and four blocks as Kenneth Rosche added six kills. Demyttenaere recorded five blocks and five kills while Scott Pollom and Garrett Winther both totaled four kills and three blocks. Matthew Ng collected 11 digs as Eugene Jang tallied eight digs and an ace.
Dan Goray paced the Raiders with 13 kills, 12 digs, two aces, and two blocks as Evan Simatic contributed 10 kills, a .400 hitting performance, nine digs, two blocks and an ace. Bryce Kingsley posted 10 digs while Chris Brandt racked up 34 assists, seven digs, and an ace.
Next up for MIT will be a road match at NECVA New England Division foe Elms College on Saturday, March 1. MSOE will continue action on the road on Saturday, March 8 at the Quincy University Invitational.