March 5, 2008
Endicott College Sports Information
BEVERLY, Mass. - With a 30-28, 30-17, 30-28 victory over Endicott College on Tuesday night, Paul Dill became the first coach in the history of the MIT men's volleyball program to reach 100 career wins. The nationally-ranked No. 14 Engineers improved to 15-8 on the year and extended their winning streak to four.
MIT opened the match with four straight points, but the Gulls quickly knotted the game and eventually went up, 10-9, capitalizing on a hitting miscue. Powered by a kill and strong serving by Praveen Pamidimukkala, the Engineers regained the lead at 18-14. Endicott battled back and tied the score at 20, which prompted a timeout by MIT. The see-saw battle continued late in the game as both teams were deadlocked at 28. The Engineers rallied to score the final two points to capture the game.
The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the second stanza as it established a 10-6 edge. The visitors pulled ahead, 17-11, by capitalizing on several miscues by the Gulls. Scott Pollom served the Engineers to victory as he helped lead a charge that extended MIT's margin to as many as 13 points.
In the final frame, Endicott inched out to a 9-8 advantage before scoring three straight points to gain some breathing room. The Engineers countered with an 8-2 run that put them ahead, 16-14. The two-point cushion did not last for long as the Gulls rallied to regain the lead at 22-21. Both squads exchanged points over the next several serves with Endicott maintaining its one-point edge, 27-26. MIT immediately tallied the equalizer on a kill by Michael Demyttenaere. Pollom continued his strong night as he found a gap in the back corner of the Gulls' defense, giving the Engineers the lead for good.
Pamidimukkala paced MIT with 14 kills, 10 digs, and three aces as Kenneth Rosche notched 14 kills. Pollom totaled eight kills, four blocks, and two aces while Ryan Dean amassed 38 assists, 11 digs, and four blocks. Matthew Ng rounded out the defense with 10 digs.
A.J. Witkofsky led Endicott with 14 kills and 12 digs as Zeke Kubisch posted 10 kills. Ben Foster distributed 41 assists while Dan Coleman collected 15 digs.