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Intercollegiate Volleyball Club Completes First Pre-Season Tournaments at BU

By Gene Van Buren
Team Member

With the elimination of junior varsity volleyball programs this year, a new club has formed to represent MIT in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League. The Intercollegiate Volleyball Club began practicing early last month for the league's spring season.

Preparation for the spring also includes competing in some pre-season tournaments. MIT was one of 10 schools to appear in the first of these held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Boston University.

The day began for the MIT IVC with an easy 114, 111 win against Wesleyan University. Good serving from John Lee '96 and Koji Asari '96 finished off the two games.

Host BU was MIT's second target. Asari's serving brought Tech four points and an early lead, but serving and defense fell apart quickly. However, Parry Husbands G came alive on the right side attack in the second game to help MIT to a 411, 116 split.

Tech's level of play rose against the pool's best team, the University of New Hampshire. A strong showing in the middle from Kent Sorenson G kept MIT close but it was not enough in the 711, 911 loss.

To advance to the play-offs, the Engineers needed to win both games against Tufts. Sorenson was unable to play and the absence of a strong middle attack was evident as MIT struggled to an 118, 811 draw.

The decent showing from MIT impressed other teams, said player-coach Evan Sherbrooke G. The club expects to have an even stronger performance on Nov. 19 at a Boston College tourney.