Volleyball Starts New Era at 2-2By Paul Dill
Having coached the women’s program at MIT for eight seasons helping them to a few national rankings and three trips to the NCAA tournament, Head Coach Paul Dill took over the men’s program in hopes of building it to the same prestige. The Engineers started the rebuilding process by joining the New England Division of North Eastern Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA), and after a slow start, have managed to even out their record at 2-2.
The season saw MIT first face Emmanuel College (the team Dill coached the year before) in a hard fought battle. Although the Engineers played hard and showed moments of brilliance, a rash of service errors and tight play allowed Emmanuel to come away with the win 3-1. Robert M. McAndrew ’05 led the offense with 18 kills while fellow middle hitter Robert G. Aspell ’06, contributed seven kills of his own to the effort. The growing pains continued against Mount Ida College as again the team was plagued by service and receiving errors. Though MIT kept each game very close, they could not find the winning formula and succumbed to an 0-3 defeat.
Against Elms College, the Engineers started to play more as a team as the offense was more evenly distributed, getting everyone on the team their fair share of kills. Hao Hu ’04 stood out defensively with ten digs for the match while also adding six service aces.
The win inspired confidence in their next match, as the Engineers would be taken all the way to the wire against Lasell College. After taking a two games to one lead, MIT dropped the fourth game forcing a deciding fifth game. It was then that outside hitter Michelangelo A. Raimondi ’06 took control of the match, scoring several kills to lead the team to victory 3-2. Jordan X. Wan ’06 dished out 56 assists in the marathon match, while McAndrew and Javad Golji ’06 contributed 22 and 16 kills, respectively.