March 21, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - No. 10 MIT completed a season-sweep of Mount Ida College as it recorded a 30-18, 30-21, 30-20, victory on Thursday. A balanced attack along with a team hitting percentage of .447 helped lift the Engineers' ledger to 23-10 on the year.
MIT raced out to a 7-0 advantage in the opening game, but the Mustangs battled back and narrowed the gap to two (10-8). The Engineers increased their lead by picking up seven of the next nine points and eventually cruised to the first-game victory. The second stanza was a back-and-forth affair as neither side would have a lead of more than one point. With the score tied at 15, MIT inched out to a three-point edge and then outscored Mount Ida, 12-6, down the stretch.
The final frame was tight early on as the Engineers established an 8-7 advantage. The Cardinal and Gray created some breathing courtesy of six straight hitting miscues by the Mustangs. The hosts were unable to overcome MIT's strong attack which recorded a hitting percentage of .571 (18 kills, two errors, 28 attempts) during the game.
Scott Pollom paced MIT with nine kills and five blocks as Michael Demyttenaere, Garrett Winther, and Troy Tamas each tallied six kills. Demyttenaere added three blocks while Steve Ray totaled four kills, three digs, and one ace in one game. Eric Reuland led the defense with seven digs as Matthew Ng collected six of his own. Ryan Dean posted 12 assists and two aces in one game while Tim Lee finished out the match with 23 assists, two aces, and five digs. Eugene Jang tacked on five digs as Malcolm Bean notched five kills.