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Men's V-ball Wins Some, Loses Some

By Melissa Ronge and Tom Klemas
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The men's varsity volleyball travelled to New York last weekend to face divisional rivals Concordia College, Queens College, and Hunter College. They met with mixed success.

Friday night saw the Engineers battle hard with Concordia but fall, three games to none, as the team struggled to sideout against a strong defensive team. Fine performances were turned in by Mike Margetts '97 and Leondro Burns '98 up front to keep things close.

Saturday morning's contest featured Queens College, a contender for the Eastern Conference title. Queens disposed of the Engineers quickly and efficiently, taking advantage of MIT's offensive breakdowns to win in three games.

MIT's last chance to salvage the weekend came against Manhattan's Hunter College, which easily defeated MIT in last year's meeting. While the Engineers took the first game of the match with relative ease, Hunter showed its tenacious defense in the second game, stopping nearly every MIT attack and winning, 156.

While the Engineers were still recovering from the second game, Hunter kept the pressure on and took the third game, 15-9.

The Engineers seemed to be headed for a third defeat, but clutch serving from opposite hitter Burns allowed the team to come back from 711 and 1114 deficits to win game four, 1614, forcing a fifth and final game.

The final game was a seesaw battle that featured 16 lead changes. MIT finally finished off Hunter, 2220, to win what middle blocker Charles Morton '97 described as "the longest, most dramatic match I've ever been a part of."

The MIT offense was led by Burns with 16 kills, and Margetts and Dave Lehman '97 with 14 kills each. Morton came up with 10 blocks to lead the team in that department. Solid defense was provided by James Hsiao '99.

MIT's next home contest will be Wednesday against local rival Wentworth Institute of Technology, who the Engineers have already defeated once this season.