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Victory over Salem State Lifts IVC to a Division-Topping 5-0 Record

Gene Van Buren
Team Member

The Intercollegiate Volleyball Club traveled to Salem State College Tuesday evening, where it faced its fifth opponent from the Eastern Division of the New England Collegiate Volleyball League this season. Just as it has done many times this season already, IVC took the best-of-five match in just three games. As a result, MIT sits atop its division with a 5-0 division record.

The match was played without some of IVC's key players, but that did not keep the Engineers from running to a 15-6 first game victory after a slow start. Strong blocking and hitting from middles Kent Sorenson G and Brian Vanden Bosch G shut down much of Salem St.'s offense and left their defense wondering what they could do.

Game two provided the rest of the attending IVC squad with playing time. Salem St. managed to keep the game close and were ahead until Sorenson returned to the game to spark the team on to a 15-13 win. Amy Smith G led all hitters with a .750 percentage from the right side.

A mix of players from the first two games played in the third game, with John Lee G giving starting setter Koji Asari '96 a rest. The game went quickly and easily for MIT. In a strategic maneuver, player/coach Evan Sherbrooke G subbed himself out as he was about to serve at 14-4. Instead, Gene Van Buren G came in to serve the final point and ended the match on an ace.

IVC hopes to continue its winning record when it plays again at Tufts University on Monday night.

Salem St. Tournament

IVC also fielded a minimal team of six players last Sunday in a tournament held at Salem St. The team fared well, making it to the semifinals of the ten-team tourney.

Pool play began slowly with 8-11 and 6-11 losses against Bryant College. The first game against Gordon College went similarly with an 8-11 defeat.

However, IVC got the chemistry working in the second game to win 11-0. IVC also split the two games against Salem St., 4-11 and 11-7.

Atlantic Union College was the last opponent for IVC in pool play and the games went quickly in MIT's favor, 11-3 and 11-5.

Their record was good enough for IVC to make playoffs, but the other pool's top team was too much for MIT. The Engineers scored three and five points in their games to eleven against the eventual winners of the tournament, Dartmouth College.