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MIT Men...s Volleyball Defeats Johnson & Wales 3-1

By Mindy Brauer
ASST. DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION

With an Institute record of 77 kills, the MIT Men’s Volleyball team defeated Johnson & Wales University, 30-23, 30-23, 29-31, 30-27, in a NECVA New England division match Saturday. Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 paced the Engineers (18-8, 7-1 NECVA) with 21 kills, 12 digs, five blocks, two assists, and one ace.

After trading points to open the match, MIT scored three in a row for an 8-5 lead. Johnson and Wales tied the contest at nine, but a serving error by the Wildcats shifted the momentum in favor of the Engineers, who extended their advantage to four. Although Johnson & Wales cut the deficit to two (18-16), Tech controlled the rest of the game and won 30-23.

In the second game, Johnson & Wales led at 5-3, but behind Pamidimukkala’s serves, MIT went up 7-5 and maintained an advantage for the rest of the game. The Wildcats stayed close until a four-point run brought the Engineers’ lead to seven (22-15), a margin they held onto for another 30-23 win.

In the third game, Johnson & Wales started with four unanswered points. Facing a 10-6 deficit, Tech out-scored Wildcats 8-1 for a 14-11 advantage, but Johnson & Wales regained the lead on a four-point spree. The scoring see-sawed with the Engineers eventually pushing ahead, 29-25, but MIT couldn’t finish the game, and the Wildcats rattled off six straight to claim a 29-31 win.

The last game featured three time-outs as the Wildcats tried to prolong the match and the Engineers tried to get the job done. MIT maintained a small lead for the majority of the game until Johnson & Wales caught up at 24. The Engineers continued to attack and found themselves ahead 29-25. Wildcats drew within two, but Engineers took the match as a dig by Johnson & Wales sailed out of bounds.

Jordan X. Wan ’06 recorded his third double-double of the season with 15 digs and an Institute-record 67 assists in a four-game match, while tallying four kills. Kenneth K. Rosche ’08 contributed a career-high 19 kills and a .432 hitting percentage to the Engineers, and Thomas S. Pollom ’09 had a career-high 15 kills.