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IVC Defeats Northeastern

Gene Van Buren
Team Member

The Northeastern University Huskies were the victims of the MIT Intercollegiate Volleyball Club's first divisional match, held in DuPont last Monday. The Club picked up where it left off after last year's undefeated divisional season by handing Northeastern a 153, 1513, 159 loss.

The match started quickly for MIT. Middle blocker Gunter Niemeyer G intimidated Northeastern's middle offense early, forcing them to go outside only to find the block of Parry J.R. Husbands G waiting for them. Precision serving from Alberto Lazaro G brought seven points for Tech midgame, followed by four straight off the serve of setter Koji Asari '96. MIT reached 153 before the Huskies could react.

The momentum stayed with the Engineers into the second game as strong serving from Phil Le G led MIT to a 52 lead. But the Huskies came back with scrappy play. Errors from MIT countered some good attacks by Rad Roberts G and Lazaro on the outside. Northeastern was up 1312 before hits by Roberts and Husbands and a pinpoint shortserve ace from Lazaro put MIT on top 1512.

Even play continued as the Huskies shifted their attack to the middle and right side in the third game. Good blocking began to give IVC the edge just when Husbands suffered a sprained ankle while coming alive on an outside block.

Former player and coach Evan Sherbrooke PhD '95 described the Club as "committed to win the game" for their injured star hitter. The Engineers stepped up their intensity and never let Northeastern back into the match. Asari and Niemeyer connected in the middle several times to help MIT to a 159 game and match win.

IVC will hold its next home match against UMass-Lowell next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Rockwell Cage.