Men's Volleyball Places Eighth at Endicott Tournament

Men's Volleyball Places Eighth at Endicott Tournament

March 6, 2006


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With a 1-3 ledger the MIT men's volleyball team finished eighth at the Endicott College March Mania Tournament held this past weekend. The Engineers (17-7) opened Saturday's play with a 30-18, 30-21, 30-13 victory over Villa Julie College. In its next match, nationally-ranked No. 14 Tech fell to No. 15 SUNY New Paltz, 30-28, 25-30, 30-28, 24-30, 15-11. On Sunday, MIT was defeated by Ramapo College (28-30, 30-17, 30-24, 30-24) and the host Gulls (18-30, 30-23, 33-31, 30-25). Praveen Pamidimukkala was tabbed for All-Tournament Team Honorable Mention plaudits.

Scott Pollom led the front row against Villa Julie as he totaled nine kills and eight total blocks. Michelangelo Raimondi contributed eight kills while Kenneth Rosche added seven. Pamidimukkala and Raimondi posted a pair of aces as Pamidimukkala recorded six assisted blocks. Matthew Ng notched a team-high seven digs while Ryan Dean distributed 32 assists.

In its five-game loss to New Paltz, Pamidimukkala tallied a career-high 18 digs and 29 kills for his first double-double of the weekend. Along with Bob Aspell, he posted five total blocks. Dean also recorded his third double-double of the week on a 54 assists and 16 digs. Ng and Raimondi each collected 10 digs as Rosche posted 13 kills. Pollom once again paced the blocking corps with seven total blocks.

Against Ramapo, Dean had a solid performance as he finished with 41 assists, eight kills, eight digs, and one ace. Pamidimukkala led the Engineers' offense with 19 kills and added nine digs and three total blocks. Pollom collected eight kills, one solo and four assisted blocks as Ng amassed a team-high 10 digs.

MIT closed the weekend with two players earning double-doubles against Endicott. Pamidimukkala totaled 20 kills and 18 digs while Dean had 40 assists and 13 digs. Pollom posted 14 kills as Ng collected 14 digs. Rosche and Raimondi reached double figures with 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Eugene Jang rounded out the Engineers' attack with a career-high 16 assists.

Final Standings
1. Rivier College
2. Nazareth College
3. Medaille College
4. SUNY New Paltz
5. Ramapo College
6. Johnson & Wales University
7. Endicott College
8. MIT
9. Villa Julie College
10. Milwaukee School of Engineering
11. Hunter College
12. Wentworth Institute of Technology