Feb. 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a non-conference men's volleyball match on Tuesday night, nationally-ranked No. 10 MIT registered a 30-21, 30-16, 23-30, 30-21, victory over Lasell College. With the win, the Engineers improved to 16-1 overall while the Lasers fell to 7-9.
Both squads traded points to open the match before MIT went up, 7-5. Lasell quickly tied the game, but the Engineers regained the advantage on a service error. The Lasers generated a three-point spurt that resulted in their first lead of the night at 10-8. MIT responded with four consecutive points to go ahead for good. Lasell remained within striking distance as it trailed, 21-19. A strike by Scott Pollom sparked a 7-0 run by the Engineers that helped propel them to victory.
In the second stanza, MIT established an early edge (4-3) that it did not relinquish. The Lasers continued to attack despite facing a 17-11 deficit. Following its own timeout, Lasell picked up three points in a row that cut the margin in half. The Engineers countered by outscoring the Lasers, 13-2, to seal the second game win.
Lasell quickly went ahead, 6-4, in the third frame and eventually extended its lead to 14-9. Both teams alternated scoring until MIT picked up three consecutive points to close the gap to 18-16. With the score at 22-20, a service error generated a five-point run for the Lasers. The Engineers could not overcome the deficit as Lasell forced a fourth game.
The Lasers held a 3-1 edge in the final game, but MIT rattled off four points in a row. The game was closely played until the Engineers' margin grew to 16-11. After a Lasell timeout, the Lasers responded by scoring six out of the next eight points to cut the deficit to one (18-17). Each squad posted a pair of points to maintain the one-point difference. A service error helped MIT extend its lead to 23-19, which prompted another timeout by Lasell. The Lasers picked up a point following the break, but strong serving by Eric Reuland powered the Engineers to match point. Lasell broke up the run, but Scott Pollom's strike sealed the match for MIT.
Praveen Pamidimukkala paced the Engineers with 19 kills, a .471 hitting percentage, and 13 digs as Reuland recorded 11 kills and two aces. Pollom turned in a solid performance with 14 kills, a .391 hitting percentage, five blocks, and two aces. Michael Demyttenaere registered nine kills and seven blocks while Ryan Dean contributed 12 digs. Philip Rogoz tallied 50 assists, six blocks, and two aces.
Serge Melnik led Lasell with 16 kills and one ace as Scott Penna notched 13 digs, 11 kills, and three blocks. Bryan Bobo posted 39 assists and three blocks while Joe Lipski added 14 digs.
Next up for MIT will be a road match at Lesley University on Monday, Feb. 26 while Lasell will host Emmanuel College on Thursday, Feb. 22.