Engineers Outlast Emmanuel, 3-2, on Senior Night

March 19, 2009

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final home match of the regular season, the MIT men’s volleyball team defeated Emmanuel College, 30-24, 30-26, 23-30, 22-30, 15-7, in a thrilling non-conference tilt on Thursday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 23-11 while the Saints’ ledger lowered to 15-10 on the year.

Emmanuel maintained a small lead throughout the early stages of the opening frame as an ace by Tim Ramistella put it up, 14-10. MIT responded with a 7-3 spurt, capitalizing on a pair of hitting errors to even the game at 17. Following five ties and a lead change that moved the score to 22, a back row hit from Eric Reuland and a kill by Scott Pollom ignited an 8-2 spurt that closed out the set for the Engineers.

The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the second stanza as it established a 15-8 advantage. The Saints continued to attack, eventually narrowing the gap to two (23-21) on a kill by Michael Townsend. MIT recorded four unanswered points to gain some breathing room. However, Emmanuel picked up four out the next five, the last on a block by Townsend and Keoni Rabaino, to bring it within three (28-25). A blast by David Thomas ended the Saints’ hopes of extending the late rally as each side traded points to wrap up the game.

Although the Engineers won the previous set, the momentum shifted towards the visitors as they registered a 14-9 lead in the third frame. MIT countered by scoring eight out of the next 11 points to even the game at 17. A kill by Emmanuel’s Matt Salvi sparked a 13-6 run that sealed the game. During that stretch the Engineers narrowed the gap to two on a pair of occasions, but the Saints controlled the tempo en route to the win.

Emmanuel had the upper hand in the fourth game as it fought off four ties before taking an 18-14 lead on a block by Salvi and Alexander Petty. Following its own timeout, MIT recorded a 5-2 spurt that brought it within one (20-19). This was as close as it would get as the Saints converted miscues by the Engineers to force an extra frame.

A trio of errors helped MIT notch a 3-1 edge, but Emmanuel picked up the next three points with Rabaino registering the go-ahead kill. The Engineers responded with a 5-1 run as a kill and an ace by Michael Demyttenaere powered them to the changeover. Both squads exchanged points following the break, with a kill from Townsend bringing the Saints within three (10-7). Undeterred, MIT rattled off the final five points as a block by Pollom and Tim Lee clinched the match.

Thomas tallied a career-high 23 kills while Demyttenaere posted 12 kills and two aces. Pollom finished with eight kills, seven blocks, and two aces as Jeremy Velazquez notched seven digs and three aces. Eugene Jang collected nine digs as Lee totaled 50 assists and nine digs.

Curtis Abram registered a double-double for the Saints, amassing 20 kills and 15 digs, to go along with two aces. Townsend had 16 kills as Jacob DeLuise anchored the defense with 23 digs. Salvi rounded out the squad with 12 kills and four blocks.

Both squads will continue action on Saturday, March 21. MIT will close out its regular season with a tri-match at Albertus Magnus College that will include Mount Ida College. Emmanuel will also be competing in a tri-match, hosting Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe Johnson & Wales University and SUNY New Paltz.