Jan. 21, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT men’s volleyball team fell to defending national champion Springfield College, 30-19, 30-22, 30-25, on Tuesday night. The loss lowered the Engineers’ ledger to 1-3 while the No. 1 ranked Pride improved to 1-0.
In the opening game, a kill from David Thomas brought MIT within one (6-5). Springfield countered with a 6-1 spurt to gain some breathing room. The Engineers continued to attack, cutting their deficit to five (21-16) on another strike by Thomas. The Pride denied a late rally as it scored nine of the final 13 points to close out the frame.
The early stages of the second stanza were closely played as an ace by Michael Demyttenaere made the score 11-10 in favor of the hosts. Springfield responded with a 7-1 run, capitalizing on several MIT miscues, to take control of the game.
The Engineers had the upper hand in the third game, eventually establishing a 19-16 edge following a Pride attack error. Springfield changed the momentum courtesy of a 10-2 rally and held on to clinch the set.
Thomas paced MIT with 13 kills and six digs as Garrett Winther notched seven kills, six assists, three blocks, and an ace. Eric Reuland and Randolph Li each added four kills while Reuland totaled four digs and three blocks. Scott Pollom led the blocking corps with five stops as Philip Rogoz and Tim Lee dished out 13 and seven assists, respectively. Eugene Jang bolstered the defense with four digs.