Volleyball second in division
By Chris White
Although second in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, the men's volleyball team has not lived up to early expectations.
In its only mid-season tournament, MIT played at the New Jersey Institute of Technology last weekend in the EIVA Open. The Engineers lost to both teams in its pool: 3-1 to Vassar, 3-0 to NJIT. Outside its pool, MIT defeated South Hampton College, 3-0.
Coach Sean Tierney '87 said that despite their slow start at the tournament, the Engineers finished on a good note.
With the season half over, MIT has faced all its conference opponents. The Engineers have defeated Dartmouth twice, 3-0 and <>
3-1, in addition to beating Roger Williams, 3-2, and Harvard, 3-2.
In its most recent conference match, on Feb. 14, MIT suffered a disheartening 3-0 defeat to Springfield. The Engineers will meet Roger Williams, Harvard and Springfield all again to finish their conference play. With a conference record of 4-1, MIT is second to undefeated Springfield.
Although the Engineers' record puts them in a pretty good position to make it to the playoffs at the end of the season, MIT has not been playing up to its potential. Without the help of senior outside hitter Rolando Rocafort, who suffered a serious ankle sprain at the beginning of the season, the Engineers have lost some of their firepower.
Even so, Coach Tierney still feels that the remainder of the team is not playing up to par. By beating Roger Williams, Harvard and Tufts in tight, five-game matches, and losing 3-0 to Springfield, this may be true.
The Engineers began the pre-season by winning a tournament at Boston University, defeating Northeastern in the finals. MIT struggled in its second pre-season tournament, the New England Collegiate Volleyball League Open at MIT, losing to Northeastern in the semifinals.
The Engineers have hope for a strong team in the future, with five sophomores on the varsity squad, three of whom are currently in the starting rotation. Team captain Chris White '90 and fourth-year varsity seniors Rocafort and Alex Chen will be graduating in the spring and will leave positions open. Two juniors and a freshman round out the varsity squad. Tierney has hopes for a stronger team next year with so many returning players.
MIT does not have another game until March 6, so the team has time to recuperate. Rocafort will be returning soon and this should spark some enthusiasm in the Engineers as they prepare to finish their season. MIT's last home match will be March 15, when the Engineers host Harvard at 7 pm in DuPont Gymnasium.
(Chris White '90 is captain of the men's volleyball team.)