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MIT Men...s Volleyball Dispatches Endicott Swiftly in Three Sets

By Mindy Bauer

The MIT men’s volleyball team won 30–22, 30–26, 30–18 against nationally ranked No. 12 Endicott College (5-3, 2-1) in NECVA New England action on Thursday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 6–2 overall and 4–0 in conference play.

The first game was tightly played as it featured six ties and three lead changes. With a slim lead of 17–16, MIT went on a five-point run, helping it gain momentum to close out the game 30–22.

MIT maintained a five-point advantage during the majority of the second game. The Engineers’ margin eventually grew to seven (21–14), but the Gulls went on to score six of the next eight points. Following a time-out, Tech pushed its lead to 26–20. Although Endicott posted back-to-back points on two occasions, MIT was able to hold on to win 30–26.

Despite the setback, the Gulls continued to attack in the third frame as they generated a three-point run to cut their deficit to one (10–9). But over the next few serves, the Engineers outscored Endicott, resulting in a 16–11 lead. A pair of four-point scoring runs by Tech put the game out of reach.

MIT’s statistical leaders were Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08, who totaled a match-high 17 kills, Ryan G. Dean ’08, who equaled his season-high mark of 16 digs and added a team-high two aces, and Jordan X. Wan ’06 who finished the night with 42 assists.

Eric Hunter posted a double-double for Endicott with 23 assists and 10 digs. Clay Ostrander tallied 12 kills, two aces, and a block while Dan Coleman notched a team-high 12 digs.