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Intercollegiate Volleyball A Team Wins MIT Tournament


Thomas R. Karlo--The Tech
Students take part in the Intercollegiate Volleyball Club tournament that was held in Rockwell Cage on Sunday.

By Gene Van Buren and Koji Asari
Team Members

Losing only one game early in the tournament, MIT's Intercollegiate Volleyball Club A Team clinched first place at Rockwell Cage last Sunday. The B Team also played well, finally losing to Boston University in the playoffs.

The IVC continues its upward trend after impressive performances earlier in the pre-season.

The A Team proceeded to the playoffs with little opposition, starting with an easy win against Gordon College, 111, 114. Their second match against BU brought an 115 win with good outside hitting by Evan Sherbrooke G and Leandro Veltri G. BU countered with improved blocking and middle attacking in the second game and defeated IVC 116 after nearly four full rotations.

After breezing past Fitchburgh State 111, 113, MIT's A Team also surpassed the University of Massachusetts at Lowell team in a match that left Lowell frustrated. MIT earned six points off Veltri's serve in the first game and blocked oppressively against the shorter Lowell team, leading Tech to an 114, 115 victory.

Meanwhile, MIT's B Team faired similarly in pool play. They soundly defeated Fitchburgh 111, 114 with John Lee G serving seven straight points in the first game.

BU provided a tougher challenge, holding the B Team to only four points in the first game. Kent Sorenson G stepped up the middle attack in the second game along with four service points to defeat BU, 119.

Gordon was easy prey for the B Team in a decisive 117, 112 triumph during which Andrew Kass G scored six service points. The B Team then went on to drop a lengthy first game against Lowell, 118. Lowell became increasingly frustrated as they received a yellow card in game two. Five more points from Kass' serve took the B Team to an 115 win.

The climax of pool play was a match between IVC's A and B teams. Good service from the A Team led them to a quick 111 game one win. However, the B Team rallied in the second game off of poor passing from the A Team. Lee served five consecutive points to put the B Team ahead, 92. A time-out rejuvenated the A Team and spurred them on to nine straight points for the win.

Playoffs

The B Team entered the playoffs seeded third, up against an invigorated BU team. Low on momentum after losing their lead in the match against the A Team, the B Team dropped the first game quickly, 112. Scrappy defense from Lee and Gene Van Buren G, as well as good offense in the middle from Sorenson, kept MIT alive for a while. But BU prevailed 118 to advance to the finals.

The A Team began playoffs against Lowell, who continued to show their lack of composure. Game one went quickly, going 115 in MIT's favor.

In game two, Lowell served out of order and dropped seven straight points to the serve of Gunter Niemeyer G, launching the A Team to the championship match after giving up one point.

In the final round, Parry J.R. Husbands G came alive on the right side block with a series of straight-down stuff blocks against BU's outside hitters. Husbands also served well and scored five points in the first game, leading Tech to an 113 win. It took MIT slightly longer to win game two, but they did so convincingly with an 118 final score to win the tournament.

Both MIT teams played well throughout the day. Tournament MVP Koji Asari '96 performed superbly as the setter for the A Team. Niemeyer and Sanjay Ghemawat G were steady forces in the middle.

Koji "was giving beautiful feeds to Gunter and me," Ghemawat said. "I don't think I got blocked a single time during the whole tournament and that's because Koji was reading the blockers very well."

Husbands and Asari also displayed great defense all day long for the A Team. On the B Team, Lee did a great job of taking charge on the court during passing while Minpont Chien '98 carried the team with consistent setting.

IVC will be competing again this Saturday in the Rick Pierce tournament to be held here at MIT