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Men...s Volleyball Clinches Berth in NECVA Tourney Engineers Win 20 for Second Consecutive Season

By Mindy Brauer

Faced with a 24-20 deficit in the third game of its match against Endicott College on Thursday, the MIT Men’s Volleyball team battled back to close out the game and post a 30-25, 30-16, 34-32 victory. The win gave the Engineers a 20-8 record, marking the second time in the program’s history that they have notched back-to-back 20-win seasons. Tech first reached this milestone during the 1986 and 1987 campaigns. Endicott fell to 12-14.

Eugene Jang ’09 and Ryan G. Dean ’08 anchored MIT’s defense with 15 digs each while Jordan X. Wan ’06 collected 10 digs and 47 assists. For the second match in a row, Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 tallied seven assisted blocks and contributed 16 kills and eight digs. Michelangelo A. Raimondi ’06 had a solid outing with 10 kills, three assisted blocks, and two aces. Kenneth K. Rosche ’08 also totaled 10 kills and posted four assisted blocks. T. Scott Pollom ’09 bolstered the front row’s play with eight kills and six assisted blocks.

Volleyball Beats Emmanuel 3-0

Two days earlier, the team defeated Emmanuel College (10-9) 30-22, 33-31, 30-26, in a NECVA New England division match. The win solidified the Engineers’ second-place ranking in the conference and clinched their second consecutive post season berth in the NECVA Conference Tournament to be held March 31 to April 2 at Endicott College.

Raimondi paced Tech with a season-high 11 kills. Pamidimukkala recorded a career-high seven assisted blocks to go along with 10 kills and a team-best nine digs. Rosche posted eight kills while Dean tallied seven kills, seven digs, and four assisted blocks. Jang contributed seven digs as Pollom racked up five assisted blocks.

Wan, the previous week’s NECVA New England Player of the Week, finished with 38 assists, six digs, four assisted blocks, four kills, and an ace.

The Engineers will play their final home match of the season on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage against Southern Vermont College.