Feb. 1, 2007
BEVERLY, Mass. - With a team-high 16 kills, Praveen Pamidimukkala became the second player in the history of the men's volleyball program to eclipse the 1,000-kill mark in MIT's 30-18, 30-23, 30-19, victory over Endicott College on Wednesday night. The No. 10 Engineers improved to 6-1 on the year and 4-0 in NECVA New England Division play following the win.
Endicott and MIT exchanged points in the early going, as the Gulls and the Engineers found themselves gridlocked at five. MIT grabbed five of the next six points and then gradually extended its lead due to strong net play from Pamidimukkala and Michael Demyttenaere.
In the second stanza, the Engineers capitalized on several miscues by Endicott. However, the Gulls narrowed the gap to 19-15 which forced a timeout by MIT. Following the break, Endicott grabbed back-to-back points but the Engineers thwarted the comeback attempt and held on for the victory.
The Gulls opened game three by taking an early 2-1 advantage. On the following serve, George Chapell dropped in a service ace to extend the Gulls lead to two. Following an MIT timeout, the Engineers' Demyttenaere produced two straight blocks. The visitors continued to fight their way uphill, eventually pulling even after a Scott Pollom block to tie the score at 11. After taking a brief 14-11 advantage, Endicott answered with four consecutive points. MIT responded with eight unanswered points, blowing the game open at 22-15. In all, the Engineers would close out the match as they took 16 of the games' final 20 points.
Pollom tallied eight blocks as Demyttenaere connected on nine of his 10-errorless hitting attempts. Philip Rogoz dished out 28 assists while Ryan Dean and Eric Reuland each had seven digs for the Engineers. Reuland also contributed 10 kills and four blocks.