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MIT Volleyball Starts ...06 With 2-1 Record

By Paul Dill

The MIT men’s volleyball team opened its 2006 campaign by defeating Mount Ida College 30-15, 30-22, 30-14, and Elms College 30-17, 30-13, 30-21 in North Eastern Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) action.

Against Mount Ida, the Engineers controlled the match from start to finish and were never in any danger of losing any of the three games. Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 paced the Engineers with 12 kills while recording a hitting percentage of .611 in addition to 10 digs.

In his collegiate debut, T. Scott Pollom ’09 notched eight kills and a match-high three blocks along with a .636 hitting percentage. Robert G. Aspell ’06 also had a fine hitting performance, tallying seven kills and a percentage of .583.

Ryan G. Dean ’08 anchored the defense with 13 digs while Matthew Ng ’08 totaled 12 digs. Jordan X. Wan ’06 distributed 34 assists and earned three aces.

The match against Elms College was more of the same with MIT dominating the match to win 3-0. Eugene Jang ’09 and Pamidimukkala each tallied four aces for the match. Pamidimukkala also posted a team-high 13 kills while Dean totaled eight kills and 11 digs.

Pollom contributed three total blocks and Alexander L. Borschow ’06 had a flawless hitting performance, recording five kills on five attempts. Wan distributed a match-high 31 assists.

In its final match of the weekend, MIT faced non-conference and nationally ranked Nazareth College. This was a tightly contested match going down to the fifth game to determine a winner. Unfortunately, after winning the first two games 30-27, 30-26, MIT lost the final three 20-30, 16-30, 15-17.

Pamidimukkala led MIT with 30 kills and Pollom notched 10 kills and five total blocks. Dean finished with a match-high 16 digs to go along with seven assists and two aces. Michelangelo A. Raimondi ’06 also picked up two aces while Wan dished out 45 assists.

MIT is currently ranked 6th in the 34-team NECVA Conference and 15th nationally. The next home match for the squad is Thursday, Feb. 2 against Endicott College at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.