April 1, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - No. 13-seed MIT men's volleyball team defeated No. 4 Medaille College, 35-37, 30-27, 30-24, 30-27, in the first round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament on Friday. The Engineers (22-8) will face No. 5 SUNY New Paltz in a quarterfinal match on Saturday afternoon. Earlier this season, Tech fell to the Hawks, 30-28, 25-30, 30-28, 24-30, 15-11, in the Endicott College Tournament.
With 25 kills, Praveen Pamidimukkala set a single-season Institute record in kills as he eclipsed the previous mark of 488, which was established last year by Rob McAndrew. His current tally of 506 makes him the first player in the history of the program to amass 500 kills in a single campaign. Scott Pollom dominated the front row with 15 kills and nine total blocks while Michelangelo Raimondi contributed 12 kills, four assisted blocks, and MIT's lone ace. Ryan Dean had a strong defensive outing as he collected a team-high 16 digs and three assisted blocks. Jordan Wan posted a double-double with 52 assists and 12 digs.
Friday's win was the first for the Engineers in the NECVA Tournament and only the second for the program. Tech's other post-season victory was a 3-0 sweep over Eastern Mennonite University in the 1993 EIVA Division III Playoffs.