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Men...s Volleyball Blanks Lesley, Elms in Uncontested Tri-Match

By Mindy Brauer

Nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT defeated Elms College (30-21, 30-16, 30-18) and Lesley University (30-24, 30-11, 30-16) in a men’s volleyball tri-match on Saturday, with neither match ever closely contested. Elms recorded a 30-9, 30-20, 30-11, decision over Lesley in the second match of the day.

Against Elms, Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 paced MIT (3-0, 1-0 NECVA New England) with 16 kills on 21 attempts with one error for a .714 hitting percentage to go along with eight digs and four blocks.

Michael Demyttenaere ’10 connected on six of his seven attempts while posting a team-high six blocks. Philip M. Rogoz ’10 recorded a solid outing as he finished with 35 assists, eight digs, and five blocks. Ryan G. Dean ’08 posted a team-leading nine digs and three aces while Eric R. Reuland ’10 tacked on three aces of his own.

As a team, the Engineers tallied a .455 hitting percentage and 14 blocks.

The Elms’ Byron Bledsoe led the Blazers (1-1) with nine kills, nine digs, and two aces as Brian Cunniff registered seven kills and one block. Ivan Andujar collected 24 assists, five digs and one ace.

In MIT’s final match, Dean powered the Engineers with 10 kills, eight digs, and four aces. Stephen D. Ray ’08 bolstered Tech’s offense with a career-high 10 kills. Demyttenaere notched five blocks as Caine L. Jette ’10 dished out 39 assists.

Eugene Jang ’09 finished with seven digs while Troy V. Tamas ’10 earned three aces.

Imad `El Katrib paced Lesley with 18 digs, six blocks, four kills, and an ace. Boursiquot posted 11 blocks, nine digs, and four kills as Hunt amassed 11 digs. Janer finished with six assists while Wheeler added four blocks for the Lynx.

The Engineers will look to continue their hot start tomorrow night against Emmanuel College at 7:00 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.