Feb. 16, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s volleyball team faced a pair of nationally-ranked opponents en route to a 3-1 outing at the Endicott College Invitational held this past weekend. The Engineers fell to No. 9 Ramapo College (32-34, 30-24, 30-14, 30-25) before defeating Hunter College (30-28, 30-26, 26-30, 30-26), No. 15 Baruch College (30-32, 30-25, 24-30, 30-24, 18-16), and New Jersey City University (30-20, 30-19, 30-18). Scott Pollom represented the Cardinal and Gray (8-9) on the All-Tournament Team.
Malcolm Bean paced MIT with 12 kills and a .409 hitting performance against Ramapo. Pollom tallied nine kills, a .389 hitting percentage, four blocks, and three digs as Michael Demyttenaere posted 11 kills, four blocks, and two aces. Garrett Winther totaled nine kills and seven digs while Eric Reuland notched eight digs and four blocks. Philip Rogoz and Tim Lee split setting duties, dishing out 33 and 14 assists, respectively.
Eugene Jang powered the Engineers’ defense with 22 digs versus Hunter. Winther registered seven digs and three blocks as Reuland added seven digs. Lee totaled 52 assists, 14 digs, and three blocks while Bean amassed 20 kills, a .386 hitting percentage, and three blocks. Demyttenaere recorded 15 kills, a .556 hitting performance, and six blocks as Pollom compiled 13 kills, five blocks, and two aces.
In its five-game thriller with Baruch, MIT saw five players reach double-digits in kills. Demyttenaere led the way with 21 kills, a .410 hitting percentage, eight blocks, and three aces. Pollom followed with 14 kills, a .423 hitting performance, and nine blocks as Bean chipped in 13 kills and three blocks. Winther collected 11 kills and six blocks while Reuland tallied 10 kills and 11 digs. Jang collected a team-high 18 digs as Jeremy Velazquez added eight digs. Lee finished with 63 assists, 11 digs, and two aces.
The Engineers capped the weekend with a balanced outing against NJCU. Demyttenaere totaled 11 kills, four aces, and two blocks as Winther notched 11 kills, a .500 hitting percentage, four digs, and two blocks. Reuland posted nine kills and four digs while Pollom tallied seven kills, a .545 hitting performance, and four blocks. Randolph Li tacked on seven kills as Jang recorded nine digs. Lee, Rogoz, and Caine Jette shared setting responsibilities, registering 15, 14, and 10 assists, respectively. Rogoz added a pair of blocks while Velazquez chipped in with four digs and three aces.