Men's volleyball square easily sweeps Harvard
By Jacqueline D. Glener
The men's volleyball team shut out Harvard University on Saturday, winning the match 3-0. Harvard's offense had some problems early on, but they heated up as the match progressed, giving MIT its stiffest competition in the third game.
In the first game the Engineers came on strong to take an early 6-1 lead over the Crimson. Harvard came back with great defensive plays and good blocking to tie the score, 6-6. Two lifts called against their setter upset their momentum, however, and the Crimson failed to score again.
The Engineers seized the opportunity with kills and hits by Allen Downey '89 (.44 hitting average and five kills for the match) and Roland Rocafort '90 (12 kills and a .34 hitting average). Tom Klemas '92 and Alan Peyrat '92 contributed with strong serves which prevented the Crimson from setting up their offensive attack. MIT went on to win the game, 15-6.
Game two started with a closer score of 8-6 in favor of MIT. The teams traded service, volleying often to score one or two points before side-out. Then Charles Lee '89, the setter, began to read which of his players were hitting and MIT took a strong lead which they never let up on. Rocafort, who played quicker on defense, and Downey led the Engineers' hitting. Joe Tang '89 also played a strong game defensively. Although MIT failed to dominate play, Harvard scored only once more in the game, losing_5-7.
Game three of the match proved to be the most challenging and exciting of the games. Harvard, facing a win-or-die situation, managed to get its offense on track and took the early 4-2 lead. Fast play, hard hitting, and quick thinking, soon brought MIT back to a 9-7 lead. After the lead bounced back and fourth, Lee's one-set to Downey for a kill put the MIT team back on a roll.
Chris White '90 and Joon Ooi '91 came in with some clutch playing during the third game to help MIT hang on to the lead. MIT and Harvard had some nice volleys, but MIT pulled out a_17-15 victory.
MIT Coach Karyn Altman '78 is presently trying some lineup switches, which seemed to have worked on Saturday. The middle hitting still tended to be weak, however, and some of the players had a tough time making the transition from offense to defense. Altman said she hopes to groom Peyrat as the middle hitter, since he works well in the defensive transition. She also believed that the team could work harder on its passing.
MIT again played without leading passer and outside hitter Edwin Marin '89, who has been out since the beginning of the season with a sprained ankle. Marin will miss Thursday's match at Springfield College, but should be back for Saturday's Concordia Clipper Tournament, played at Concordia College, in Bronxville, NY.