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Men...s Volleyball Scrapes a Win Despite Mistakes, Game 3 Loss

By Mindy Brauer
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Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 and Ryan G. Dean ’08 helped lead the nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT men’s volleyball team to a 30-28, 30-20, 26-30, 30-26 win over Emmanuel College Thursday night. With their fifth win in a row, the Engineers’ record improved to 16-4 while the Saints dropped to 10-8 on the year.

The first game was close throughout. Emmanuel maintained a slim lead during the early stages to reach (11-8), then Tech answered with three consecutive points for the fifth tie of the game. After more seesawing, Emmanuel continued to attack and tied the game at 28. Following a time-out by the Engineers, Tech closed out the game with back-to-back points.

In the second game, MIT quickly jumped out to a 6-3 lead. After four lead changes, Tech was up 13-12, and maintained the one-point margin until the Saints picked up the next three for an 18-16 edge. The Engineers then scored 14 of the next 16 points for the win.

MIT opened the third game with five unanswered points and sustained a sizable lead that grew to 19-10. As in the first game, Emmanuel slowly chipped away at the deficit and tied the game at 21. MIT captured the next point, but the Saints won the next three, taking their first lead of the game. The Engineers were able to even the game at 26, but Emmanuel notched the next four points, making the match 2-1.

In the final frame, MIT established a 14-9 advantage. The Saints stayed within striking distance and eventually overtook the Engineers on a five-point run for a 19-18 lead. The teams traded points, but Tech scored four in a row to get ahead for good, for an eventual 30-26 win and the match.

Pamidimukkala recorded his fifth double-double of the season on 19 kills and 11 digs. Dean, playing setter to give Jordan X. Wan ’06 a game off, notched his second consecutive double-double, totaling 46 assists and a team-high 12 digs. Alex L. Borschow ’06 registered a career-high nine total blocks and added eight kills.

The Engineers will host Harvard University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.