Men’s Volleyball Has Record Week of WinsBy Paul Dill
The Varsity Men’s Volleyball Team had it's best week this season going 4-1 to give the team a record of 7-6 overall, and 6-4 in conference. The Engineers got the better of Newbury College, Johnson & Wales University, Elms College and Lasell College, and only came up short against nationally ranked Rivier College.
Against Newbury College, MIT got off to a slow start losing the first game, but quickly got on track behind the offensive power of Robert M. McAndrew ’05 and Michelangelo A. Raimondi ’06 who led the offense with 21 and 12 kills respectively. Raimondi also led the team in digs with 11 and added two service aces to help the team to a 3-1 victory. The match against Johnson & Wales started much the same way as the previous match as the Engineers took the first game to warm up before taking control of the match winning 3-1. Kabir Mukaddum ’05 led the way with a strong all around performance. His 8 kills, 12 digs and 3 service aces were instrumental in the win. Bob G. Aspell ’06 also provided consistency to the effort with a perfect zero hitting errors for a .500 hitting percentage.
Over the weekend, MIT hosted a tri-match with Elms College and Rivier College. The Elms match was truly a team effort as everyone was able to contribute to the 3-0 win. McAndrew again led the way with ten kills and five service aces, but strong role play by Alex Borschow ’06 with 4 kills and David Bermejo ’07 with four digs were key to the victory.
Against Rivier, MIT was pushed hard. As the #6 ranked Division III program in the country, having already beaten MIT easily in an earlier tournament, Rivier came into the match very confident. They beat MIT in the first two games, but after making adjustments in the lineup, the Engineers were able to exploit some match-ups and found themselves with a slight lead late in the third game. Rivier tried to make a run, but MIT held their ground and finished off the third game 30-28. Unfortunately, the Engineers came up a bit short and lost the match 1-3. However, having played such a top quality team so closely left the Engineers with some much deserved confidence.
In their most recent match, the Engineers faced a Lasell College squad that pushed MIT to five games in their previous meeting. MIT came out strong in the first game, and although Lasell made a late run, MIT was able to slam the door winning a close game 36-34. After devastating Lasell in the second game 30-12, the Engineers ill-advisedly took their foot off the gas and allowed their opponents to steal the third game. Thankfully, MIT quickly took charge of the fourth game and won the match 3-1. Javad Golji ’06 had the hot hand in the match as he collected 18 kills on the day, but it was setter Jordan X. Wan ’06 who had one of the best matches of his career running an efficient offense and dishing out 65 assists and getting 11 digs in the effort.
The team will face Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday, Feb. 21st at 1 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium.