Men's volleyball beats Dartmouth, loses to RW
By David Rothstein
Strong defense propelled the men's volleyball team to an easy, 15-11, 15-7, 15-7 win over Dartmouth College at DuPont Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. The contest was a rematch of the team's season-opening match, played at Dartmouth's Hanover campus, which MIT also won.
The Engineers are now 2-1, after losing to Roger Williams College Thursday in Bristol, RI.
MIT played Dartmouth without senior outside hitter Edwin Marin, who is recovering from a severe ankle sprain which he suffered in a pre-season scrimmage, and without middle hitter Roland Rocafort '90. But Chris White '90, who had been out for two weeks with the flu, was able to play Saturday.
Coach Karyn Altman credited White with making a significant contribution to the team's win with his defensive play, and also commended setter Charles Lee '89 and middle hitter Allen Downey '89.
While Altman was pleased with her team's play and high energy level on Saturday, Thursday's match at Roger Williams was a different story.
"We didn't play with any energy against Roger Williams," said Altman, noting that the team made a lot of mistakes.
"Roger Williams was a bad loss for us," she said.
MIT was plagued by poor serving, with 14 service errors against two aces, and poor hitting.
The Engineers next take on Harvard University at Harvard on Saturday at 1 pm. Marin is expected to play in the Harvard match.
(Editor's note: David Rothstein '91 is a member of the men's volleyball team.)