DIII No. 15 Hunter Falls to No. 11 MIT at NECVA Tourney


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Mahwah, N.J. - After building up a 2-0 lead and playing at the top of their game, the Hawks allowed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer a huge comeback that saw them come from being down 7-2 in the third game to winning three straight and advancing to the next round with a 3-2 (30-27, 30-25, 26-30, 25-30, 11-15) win in the first round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association's Championship Tournament held at the Bill Bradley Recreation & Fitness Center in Mahwah, NJ.

Sophomore setter Zacarias Ripoll (Puerto Plata, D.R./John F. Kennedy) led the Hawks with 16 kills and 37 assists and was just two digs shy of a triple double. Freshman outside hitter Wojciech Jakubiak (Poland, NY/Grover Cleveland) also had a solid game with 19 digs, 14 kills and added four aces to his already nation leading total.

Sophomore middle hitter Michael Demyttenaere (Brussels, Belgium/St. John's) recorded a match high 20 kills, hitting .515 for the Engineers, while the two-time NECVA New England Division Player of the Year, senior outside hitter Praveen Pamidimukkala (Edison, NJ/J.P. Stevens) finished with 17 kills and nine digs.

MIT (25-10) now advances to the Quarterfinals where they will face the top-seeded Vassar Brewers who enter that match with a 22-6 record and are coming off a 3-0 win over CCNY in the first round.

After tonight, the Hawks fall to 30-4 on the season and had a 24 match win streak snapped by one of the three teams they lost to during the regular season. Hunter will look towards receiving an ECAC bid which will be announced on Monday.

Article corutesy of Hunter athletics.

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