Volleyball upsets Roger Williams in five games
By Michael J. Garrison
The MIT men's volleyball team upset the Roger Williams College Seahawks in five games played at DuPont Gymnasium last Tuesday. The Seahawks, who currently lead the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, had beaten MIT several times this season.
The Engineers won the first game 15-11, and opened up an 11-5 lead in the second game. However, as they had in previous games versus the Seahawks, the team started playing conservatively, according to MIT Coach Karyn Altman '78. Hitting errors by MIT allowed the Seahawks to come back, first closing to 14-11 and then holding MIT scoreless as they won 16-14.
With the match even, MIT once again put together a strong game. Roger Williams had trouble handling the Engineers' serves as MIT won an easy 15-7 victory.
Unfortunately for MIT, the Seahawks came right back with their best game of the evening. "They just played great," Altman said. Sharp passing and quicker sets helped Roger Williams power past the Engineers by a score of 15-4.
With the match once again tied up, the Engineers returned to form in the deciding fifth game. Tough serves opened up a quick 6-0 lead for MIT. But "then our passing went," Altman said. The Seahawks made a strong run, closing MIT's lead to 9-8.
MIT held up, however, as Farris Hitti '92 came into the game for starter Joe Tang '89, and "passed perfectly," Altman recalled. Tang later re-entered the game as a front row player and hit well. He led MIT's hitters with a .50 hitting average.
The Engineers had an average match hitting percentage of .23, led by Tang, Allen Peyrat '92 (.33), Roland Rocafort '90 (.23), and co-captain Edwin Marin '89 (.15).
Altman praised both the starters and the substitutes. "The subs played really well," she said, and "the starters did a good job" after being rested. The Engineers had done well in these areas early in the season, Altman explained, but had been experiencing problems lately.
Overall, "our serving was tough," Altman told The Tech. The Engineers had only five aces in the match, but hit 47 serves which could not be returned with a hit.
Beating Roger Williams greatly improved MIT's chances of making the playoffs, according to Altman. They have little chance of winning the conference, she said, but they only have to beat Springfield, at Springfield, to make the playoffs. Springfield re
cently defeated the Engineers both at DuPont and during a tournament held at Roger Williams.
MIT will host Harvard on March 16, a match they should win, and travel to Springfield on April 4.