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IVC Places 2nd at BC Tournament

By Gene Van Buren
Team Member

The Intercollegiate Volleyball Club competed in its second tournament of the year last Saturday. After having just missed the playoffs at Boston University two weeks earlier, the IVC was looking to impress here.

Host Boston College and MIT squared off first in a match that saw good serving from both teams. Both games were close and big plays such as a roof block from Parry Husbands G and a clutch pass from Sanjay Ghemawat G on BC's game point gave MIT the edge to win 117, 1311.

The Engineers next went on to defeat Wentworth Institute of Technology in quick fashion. Deep serving against what was clearly a one-man team took MIT's IVC to an 118, 114 victory, including 10 straight points off the serve of backup setter Min Chien '98 to end the second game.

The University of Connecticut turned out to be MIT's strongest opposition in the pool, but Tech played up to the challenge with effective middle blocking from Gunter Niemeyer G and Ghemawat. Good hitting all around helped IVC to an 118, 116 win.

Assured of a playoff berth, MIT's second string saw most of the action in the final game of pool play against BU. Good offense in the middle from Phil Le '95 ran Tech to an easy 114 first game win. But continual erring resulted in a loss of a close second game 1113.

The playoffs began with a semifinal match versus Northeastern University. Both teams were tired, but MIT pulled out nearly all the long rallies. Husbands came alive on the right side defense carrying MIT to a speedy 158, 157 victory.

The University of New Hampshire was all that stood between MIT and first place. Tough blocking and digging from UNH kept the Engineers from establishing a potent offense. Fatigue was a major factor and MIT could not keep up with UNH's rapid-fire attack in the 1512, 157 loss.

MIT's IVC definitely made its presence felt at this tournament with the second place finish and nearly undefeated pool play. The team expects to play again at a home tournament on Dec. 4 in Rockwell Cage.