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Men...s Volleyball Defeats Lasers With Huge Hitting Percentage

By Mindy Brauer
ASST. DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION

Behind a solid hitting performance, the MIT men’s volleyball team defeated NECVA New England Division foe Lasell College 30-18, 30-18, 30-16 on Monday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 14-4 on the year and 6-1 in conference play while the Lasers dropped to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the NECVA New England.

The majority of the opening game was closely played, with Tech’s lead never larger than three. Lasell was able to cut its deficit to one (17-16), but MIT went on to score 13 of the next 15 points to take the win.

It was a similar story in the second game with the Engineers holding a slim 8-6 advantage. Tech responded with six unanswered points that gave the them a comfortable cushion. The Lasers came within five points on several occasions, the last time occurring at 22-17. MIT answered with a five-point burst that propelled it to a 30-18 victory.

The Engineers opened the final game with a pair of four-point runs that resulted in an 8-2 lead. Although Lasell narrowed the margin to five (9-4), that would be the closest it would get as Tech’s advantage quickly grew to double-digits.

Jordan X. Wan ’06 recorded a strong all-around performance as he connected on all four of his hitting attempts, collected four assisted blocks, and distributed 40 assists.

Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 tallied a match-high 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .524. Thomas S. Pollom ’09 had a solid outing with 11 kills, a .500 hitting percentage, and four assisted blocks.

Robert G. Aspell ’06 contributed another strong hitting performance on seven kills for a .545 hitting percentage. Ryan G. Dean ’08 and Eugene Jang ’09 each totaled two aces, and Dean posted 12 digs.

The Engineers will host Harvard University on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.