Men’s Volleyball Takes NECVA New England Division Title

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MIT men’s volleyball vs. Emmanuel College, Feb. 10.
William Yee—The Tech

The varsity men’s volleyball 2007 season turned out to be the best campaign in program history. The team finished with a 27-6 overall record and a No. 11 ranking in the Division III American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Coaches Poll. The team also went undefeated in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association’s New England Division, winning the division title for the first time. This earned the team its third straight trip to the post season, making its way through to the quarterfinals of the NECVA Championship tournament.

During the season, the Engineers finished first in the MIT Invitational Tournament, third in the Endicott Invitational Tournament, and put together a 17-match win streak. Many individuals garnered awards during the season as well. Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 and Philip M. Rogoz ’10 were named to the NECVA New England All-Division First Team, while Ryan G. Dean ’08 and T. Scott Pollom ’09 were named to the NECVA New England All-Division Second Team.

Pamidimukkala was also named New England Player of the Year, NECVA All-Conference First Team Member, NECVA Player of the Year and Academic All-District First Team. MIT also led the conference with eight NECVA All-Academic team members. In addition, Head Coach Paul Dill was named NECVA New England Division Coach of the Year and NECVA Conference Co-Coach of the Year.

Overall, the men’s volleyball program continued to be a program on the rise. After not having a winning season in 11 years, the program has had its three most successful seasons in a row, making it to the post season all three years and reaching its highest national ranking ever.

Paul Dill is the head coach of the men’s volleyball team.