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Volleyball Goes Almost All the Way in NECVL Tournament, Finishing Third

By Gene Van Buren
Team Member

The Intercollegiate Volleyball Club kicked off its spring season by attempting to defend its title at the MIT-held Northeast College Volleyball League Open on Saturday. Though unable to keep the title, the team finished a strong third of 24.

The field included schools like the University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, and MIT's men's varsity.

This year's open started with a match against the easiest team in IVC's pool, Salem State College. Although both teams started slowly, it wasn't long before Salem St. was handed two straight losses.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute was next up for the club team. More second string players from IVC saw action in this match, slowing down IVC's progress, but the team eventually brought their record to 4-0.

By this time the club team was warmed up and setter Koji Asari '96 was regaining his rhythm after a month-long hiatus. UVM was no competition for the Engineers in a match characterized by intense play.

During one point, outside hitter Alberto Lazaro G dove over the bench to retrieve a ball before returning to the court to make the point-winning kill. Middle hitter Gunter Niemeyer G also had a string of hits in the middle during the 11-0 second game win over UVM.

After two more pool play wins, IVC entered the playoffs as the first seed. This meant playing WPI again, with similar results.

In the semis, the club faced UMassAmherst. Unable to put the ball down against a defense with few holes, and unable to stop a powerful outside attack, IVC soon found itself two points from elimination, down 9-4 in the second game.

Parry J.R. Husbands G came alive on the right side attack to bring the club back to 11-10, but many errors took their toll as UMass earned the next three points to advance to the finals.

IVC plays their first regular season match against Northeastern University in DuPont Gymnasium next Monday.