April 2, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT men's volleyball team finished its incredible season in the quarterfinal round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament this past weekend. The Engineers (27-6), seeded No. 5, outlasted No. 12 Endicott College (28-30, 30-19, 30-18, 21-30, 15-9) in the opening round, but then fell to No. 4 seed and nationally-ranked No. 7 D'Youville College (30-22, 30-20, 30-27).
MIT collected a slew of conference and division honors throughout the weekend. In the New England Division, Praveen Pamidimukkala was named the Player of the Year and was also selected to the All-New England Division First Team. Philip Rogoz joined Pamidimukkala on the First Team while Ryan Dean and Scott Pollom were tabbed for the Second Team. Head Coach Paul Dill received his first NECVA honor as he was named the New England Division Coach of the Year. Following their outstanding performances at the championship tournament, Pamidimukkala and Rogoz earned All-Tournament Team accolades. The Engineers' plaudits continued on the academic side as they were recipients of the NECVA Academic Team Award and had nine representatives on the All-Academic Team. Ryan Dean, Volkan Gurel, Eugene Jang, Randolph Li, Pamidimukkala, Pollom, Matthew Ng, Rogoz, and Steve Ray made the list for MIT.
Pamidimukkala posted 38 kills, which tied the Institute record for kills in a match, in the Engineers' third victory over the Gulls this season. In addition to his .420 hitting percentage, he contributed 13 digs and three blocks. Pollom registered 13 kills and three blocks while Michael Demyttenaere tallied eight kills and five blocks in the front row. On the defensive end, Dean amassed 12 digs and three blocks as Ng collected 11 digs. Rogoz finished with 61 assists and a team-high 16 digs.
In the Engineers' quarterfinal match-up with D'Youville, Pamidimukkala led the way with 20 kills to go along with 10 digs. Dean produced 13 digs as Pollom bolstered MIT's offense with 10 kills. Ng added eight digs while Demyttenaere paced Tech with three blocks. Rogoz rounded out the offense with 45 assists.