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Men’s V-ball Streak Continues with Win

By Jon Schechter

MIT’s Men’s Volleyball team took down another conference opponent, Lasell College, extending their undefeated record to 12-0. They have matched their win total from last year only halfway into the season. The team has moved up to ninth place in the Division III coach’s poll.

Early scoring boosted the team’s morale; they scored first in two games, and they took a 7-1 lead in the third.

In the first game, the Engineers were able to increase their early lead and nearly double Lasell’s score with a final tally of 30-17. Lasell just could not match the Engineers’ solid play.

The second game was again dominated by Tech, which was led by big kills from Robert M. McAndrew ’05 and Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08. The two combined for 19 kills.

The Engineers also showed great depth, making several substitutions while continuing to outplay Lasell. MIT won the second game by a huge margin, 30-18, with only two starters still in play.

The third game put some of MIT’s less frequently employed lineups to the test, but according to Coach Paul Dill, the team was able to “specifically adapt” even with the many position changes. Lasell was able to cut an initial six-point lead down a few times, but the Engineers held strong. The game ended with a final score of 30-23, which is still an impressive margin.

Michelangelo A. Raimondi ’06 racked up eight kills, two aces, and five digs, while Jordan X. Wan ’06 had 26 assists, four blocks, and five digs. The team had ten aces by six different players, as well as 13 team blocks.

Dill is “overall very pleased with the direction [the team] is heading” and feels they will play well in upcoming matches.

The team will be away this weekend at the New Jersey City University Tournament.