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IVC Captures Two 3-Game Wins

By Koji Asari and Gene Van Buren
Team Members

The MIT Intercollegiate Volleyball Club played its first regular season home match last Wednesday against Boston College in Rockwell Cage.

The IVC started the match jumping off to a 3­0 lead in the first game. However, BC countered quickly with a good middle attack and scored seven points while MIT scored only one point. Trailing by three, IVC's Sanjay Ghemawat G stepped up and scored five consecutive points on his serve.

MIT didn't lose its lead again in the first game as they quickly sided out and scored 5 more consecutive points to put the game out of reach for BC. MIT won game one by the score of 15­10.

Relieved that they were able to pull off game 1 without playing its best, the IVC stepped onto the court for game 2. The second game was close throughout. BC seemed much more determined as they fought hard for every point. Good outside hitting by Gene Van Buren G and Tom Klemas G kept the game close.

IVC was trailing 11­8 as middle hitter Phil Le '95 stepped up to the service line. He scored 4 consecutive points on his serve putting MIT up 12­11. Three more points from the serve of Klemas ended the game.

MIT won the final point of the game when right side player Brian Vanden Bosch '95 blocked BC's outside hitter straight down to his feet. BC was clearly frustrated as one of their players exhibited some unsportsmanlike conduct as he bumped Vanden Bosch while the teams were changing sides.

IVC continued to play well in the third game while BC began to falter. BC made numerous errors to give IVC a commanding lead.

Parry J.R. Husbands G came alive on the right side with a pair of impressive blocks. BC's best outside hitter tried to hit the ball hard down the line, but Husbands reached out with his right hand and stuffed the ball equally hard, straight down onto BC's side of the net.

As BC watched their best hitter get stopped decisively, its morale seemed to drop as they did not put up much of a fight for the remainder of the game. Three service points and a kill by Andrew J. McFarland G put the finishing touches on IVC's victory. IVC won the final game 15­5 to cap off the three-game sweep.

IVC's surprisingly easy victory over a formidable BC team gave them confidence going into its next match against the University of Massachusetts at Lowell this Saturday. The win also improved its record to 3­0 in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League.

Easy win over UMass­Lowell

After sweeping Boston College on Wednesday, MIT had an easy time dispatching the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in three straight games on Saturday, upping its season record to 4­0.

The match began in a hastened manner due to much of the team not arriving at Lowell in time to warm up for the match. Passing was imprecise and hitting was error-prone. Lowell took advantage of this to keep the score close, but the Engineers pulled it out 15­13 with the help of good setting from Min Chien '98.

Game 2 saw a nearly entirely different IVC team on the court, but the lack of warm-up time was still evident. However, the errors from Lowell began to mount higher, allowing MIT to stay ahead. McFarland produced some good middle offense for Tech, followed by strong serving from Leandro Veltri G to end the game, 15­7.

The frustration peaked for Lowell in game 3 as frequent mistakes and scrappy defense from MIT, led by Klemas, took Lowell out of the match. The game went quickly aided by four straight points from Le near the end.

Although UMass-Lowell was well above IVC's easiest seasonal opponents, the match was an easy one for the Engineers. All of the non­starters who went to the match contributed and gained some experience.

IVC hopes to keep the string of wins going this week with matches at Salem State on Tuesday and Boston University on Thursday.