January 18, 2007

MIT Sweeps Mount Ida in Season-Opener

Jan. 18, 2007

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT men's volleyball team kicked off its 2007 campaign by defeating Mount Ida College, 30-19, 30-16, 30-17, in non-conference play on Thursday night. It was the second year in a row in which the Engineers (1-0) swept the Mustangs (0-1) in the season opener.

In the first game, MIT raced out to a 6-0 lead, which prompted a timeout by Mount Ida. Following the break, the Mustangs capitalized on miscues by the Engineers and eventually cut their deficit to one (7-6). Both squads traded points, with MIT holding a 10-8 edge. Mount Ida then notched four consecutive points to take its first lead of the night. The spurt came to an end when an attack attempt hit the antenna, which sparked an 11-1 run by MIT (22-13). The Engineers' advantage grew to double-digits as they captured the opening-game victory.

MIT began the second stanza with five unanswered points. The Mustangs picked up the next three points, but it was as close as they would get as a trio of four-point runs helped build a 21-8 margin. A blast by Steve Ray set up game-point at 29-13, but a service error led to two additional points by Mount Ida before the Engineers closed out the game.

In the final frame, the Mustangs established an 8-4 advantage, its largest lead of the match. Behind strong serving by Eugene Jang, MIT registered six points in a row to go ahead for good. The Engineers were too much to handle for Mount Ida as they outscored the visitors, 20-9, to seal the match.

Scott Pollom recorded 10 kills on 16 attempts with one error (.563 hitting percentage) and six blocks to lead MIT's front row. Praveen Pamidimukkala also had a strong outing as he totaled nine kills and a .418 hitting percentage to go along with a team-high seven digs. Ryan Dean and Jang each tallied two aces while Dean contributed seven kills. Philip Rogoz and Caine Jette shared setting duties in their collegiate debuts as Rogoz dished out 22 assists and Jette distributed nine in the third game. Rogoz also added three blocks to the Engineers' cause.

Tim Hughes paced Mount Ida with 10 kills, one assisted block, and one ace while Bryan McMenamin posted seven digs and four kills. Chris Meuer tallied 17 assists and three digs in his first intercollegiate outing.

Both teams will host tri-matches on Saturday, Jan. 21. MIT will face Elms College and Lesley University starting at 4:00 p.m. while Mount Ida will meet up with Emmanuel College and Mount Olive College beginning at 11:00 a.m.