IVC Goes Distnace in Match with BUBy Gene Van Buren
Without two of its best players, Boston University was expected to be an easy match for MIT's Intercollegiate Volleyball Club. However, BU caught the Engineers off-guard, and took IVC to five games in a thrilling match that ended with IVC barely on top.
The 6-0 Engineers next play at the NECVL Open on Sunday at MIT.
The match began in MIT's favor, as the Engineers took the first game rather quickly, 15-5. IVC's starters played strong, hit well, and covered the BU offense in a game without much note, other than five straight points during the serve of Gunter Niemeyer G.
Some of MIT's bench played in the second game, and the result was similar, although it took slightly longer to finish the game at 15-6. Amy Smith G also scored five points on her service in the second game.
Game three saw more playing time for IVC non-starters, but the weaker presence from IVC played right into BU's hands. They picked up their defense and took advantage of increasing MIT errors to hold even through two rotations, and then finish the game 15-8 after an 8-1 run.
Unsettled by the loss, IVC's starters returned to the court in the fourth game. However, the momentum was with BU, whose defense dug nearly every ball MIT hit at them. Strong hitting began to help IVC, and returned the momentum to them towards the end of the game, but it was too little, too late as BU tied the match at two games a piece with a 15-9 fourth game win.
In the final gam, Parry J. R. Husbands G came alive on the right side attack and served five points for MIT to give Tech a slight edge. It was just enough as IVC squeaked out a down-to-the-wire 15-12 deciding victory.
BU taught IVC a lesson about leaving the door open against an underdog.