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Volleyball Team Loses to Harvard

By Daniel Wang
Sports Editor

The men's varsity volleyball team completed its season finale Tuesday with a hard-fought 30 loss at home to Harvard University. The loss left the Engineers with a disappointing 117 record for the season.

Quick service changes seemed to characterize the opening game. In the beginning, the Crimson moved out to a 42 lead, but the Engineers were able to come back, and later took the fore, 76.

Harvard soon regained the lead, and the closest MIT came was a 109 deficit. From that point Harvard gradually inched towards winning the game. The Engineers, made a determined comeback attempt, fueled by emphatic support from teammates on the bench. Unfortunately, the effort was not enough to keep the adversaries from capturing the first game, 1511.

David Lehman '97 opened the second game with a service winner, and helped MIT jump to a 30 lead. The scoring seemed to end there, and moved ahead to a 73 advantage before the Engineers would score again. From there, Harvard slowly added points, leading to the 156 end result in the game.

In the final game, Harvard never seemed to allow the Engineers many opportunities to score. Whenever MIT had the service, the Harvard offense often came up with big plays. That way, Harvard players quickly regained most of the services they had lost. As a result, the Crimson took the third game, and the match, 155.

On the offense, Leandro Burnes '98 led the team with eight kills on 18 attempts, followed by Bob Moser '96, who completed six. Setter Kendric Leung '98 provided 22 assists.