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IVC Downs Eastern Nazarene in 5 Games

By Gene Van Buren
Team Member

After an outstanding preseason in which MIT's Intercollegiate Volleyball Club progressively did better and better, the regular season began last Wednesday night with a match against Eastern Nazerene College. The outing was a good start to the season for the club as it took a hard-fought victory in five games.

The season was to begin on Feb. 5 with the 30-team Northeast Collegiate Volleyball League Open, which is held annually at MIT. However, last week's snowstorm forced the event to be rescheduled for March 12.

As a result, IVC had to wait until Wednesday to get a glimpse of the competition. What it found was an ENC team that had improved markedly since the preseason. MIT was tentative in the first two games, and it showed: ENC took advantage of weak defense and numerous hitting errors.

Only similarly poor defense from ENC and a decent middle attack from IVC's Kent Sorenson Jr. G and Guenter Niemeyer G kept the games close, allowing the Engineers to score 11 and 12 points in the first and second games, respectively.

Game three started off the same way, with ENC running to an early 6-2 lead. But a lineup change began to turn things around for MIT. Sanjay Ghemawat G came in as middle hitter and played well all-around, while Sorenson moved to the outside, where he proceeded to spike over ENC blockers.

Confidence began to build for the IVC players; they allowed only one more point in the game for ENC. Seven points from the serving of captain Evan Sherbrooke G led to a 15-7 score in the third game.

The momentum continued into game four, when strong serving from Ghemawat and Parry J. R. Husbands G put ENC on the defensive, scrapping just to get balls back over the net. A do-or-die game five saw a revitalized ENC team slow IVC's charge and hold even until the score was tied at 1010. But the Engineers' drive could not be stopped, and MIT went on to win the last five points and the final game, 15-10.

The match showed IVC's determination and unwillingness to give up, even when down by two games. The team hopes to continue its winning ways when it plays again tomorrow at Gordon College.