IVC Earns Win over Tufts, 3-0Gene Van Buren
Hoping to keep its winning streak running, MIT's Intercollegiate Volleyball Club visited Tufts University last Monday in its seventh divisional match of the season. Both teams played well, but a relentless performance from the MIT squad brought its record to 7-0 after winning the match in three straight games.
A strong contingency of Tufts fans helped spur the home team to an early aggressive showing, taking the initial lead to 4-1. But the IVC starters remained calm and slowly whittled their way back. Strong blocking from Tufts made things difficult for IVC, and kept the score close until near the end of the game when a barrage of jump serves from Tom Klemas G put the game away.
After winning the first game by a score of 15-9, IVC chose to keep nearly the same lineup for the second game, knowing the match was far from over. Again, Tufts was first out of the blocks. But two powerful kills from setter Koji Asari '96 rallied IVC back into the game. Strong serving from Tufts then halted MIT, which helped it take the lead back to 10-7. After a time-out, the Engineers sided-out and didn't look back, finishing the game at 15-10.
Game three started out in MIT's favor, as the Engineers ran to an 8-4 lead under aggressive hitting from Klemas and Kent Sorenson G. Good passing supported the IVC offense and gave MIT a clear edge in the game. Tufts hung tight and still managed to score 11 points, but it wasn't enough, as it lost its third straight game.