Feb. 6, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Praveen Pamidimukkala became the first player at MIT to be chosen as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week on Monday. In a 4-0 week, he averaged 5.25 kills per game, a .398 hitting percentage, 2.67 digs and 1.25 aces per game. The Engineers currently stand at 8-1 on the year and are ranked No. 10 in the nation.
Last Monday, he helped MIT to a four-game win over Lasell with a .410 hitting percentage in a 20-kill performance. He also added 16 digs in the match. Two days later in a three-game sweep of Endicott, he put down 16 kills and had a .424 hitting percentage in the win. With those 16 kills, he surpassed the 1,000-kill mark for his career at MIT. Pamidimukkala followed that match with a 21-kill, 10-dig performance in Tech's sweep of Baruch, and then ended the week by tallying six kills in seven attempts for a .714 hitting percentage in MIT's win over Southern Vermont. In addition, in only two games against Southern Vermont, he recorded nine aces to break the Institute record for aces in a match.