March 4, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s volleyball team saw its 11-match winning streak come to an end following a 30-22, 30-26, 30-24 loss to nationally-ranked No. 13 Endicott College on Tuesday. Michael Demyttenaere paced the Engineers (16-10, 9-4 NECVA New England) with 17 kills, a .536 hitting percentage, four aces, and three blocks. Scott Pollom notched five blocks as Garrett Winther recorded eight kills. Eugene Jang anchored the defense with six digs while Caine Jette picked up six assists and two blocks in one game. Tim Lee finished with 22 assists and four digs.
The opening frame was a back-and-forth affair as it featured nine ties. With the score knotted at 12, Endicott called a timeout and then picked up back-to-back points following the break. MIT cut its deficit in half (16-15) before the Gulls scored three in a row. The Engineers narrowed the gap to two (22-20), but Endicott notched five straight points to take control of the game.
Endicott raced out to a 17-4 advantage in the second set. The Engineers battled back, narrowing the lead to two (23-21) on an ace by Demyttenaere. Each side exchanged points until the Gulls posted two in a row to double their margin (29-25). A strike by Demyttenaere extended the frame, but a serving miscue ended hopes of a comeback.
In the final stanza, both squads traded points until midway through the game. With the score knotted at 14, Endicott mounted a 6-1 run. Following its own timeout, MIT registered a 4-2 spurt which narrowed the gap to three (22-19). Both teams alternated scoring, maintaining the small margin before the Gulls secured six of the last nine points to seal the match.