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IVC Shows Strength Over UNH, Gordon

By Rad Roberts
Team Member

The Intercollegiate Volleyball Club (IVC) extended its win streak with victories over University of New Hampshire, Gordon College, and Eastern Nazarene College last week, improving its record to 51.

Last year MIT beat UNH in a dramatic NECVL championship match to win the 1995 NECVL title.

Although the UNH match on Feb. 22 was an unofficial, non-division match, both teams played with great intensity.

With the return of Parry J.R. Husbands G from an ankle injury, MIT played one of its best matches of the season to win. Strong blocking from middle hitters Gunter Niemeyer G and Phil Le G shut down the UNH offense while hitters Alberto Lazaro G, Rad Roberts G, and Husbands pounded away at the UNH defense.

Still, MIT barely hung on to win the first game 1614. Gene Van Buren G and John Lee G provided additional defensive support in a close second game which MIT won 1511. In the third game the UNH passing began to deteriorate as Husbands and Roberts both scored several service aces and MIT won again, 156.

The many practice games that ensued allowed UNH and MIT to give their second string players a chance to play. Although UNH was not playing their best, this match may have been a preview of a potential rematch between these two teams in the NECVL championships this April.

Easy Win Over Gordon

Tuesday's match at Gordon was not as intense. MIT started slowly on offense, allowing Gordon to stay in the game. Eventually, consistent passing from Husbands and Roberts allowed setter Koji Asari '96 to run an efficient offense. Gordon was unable to effectively read Asari's sets and was consequently burned by all five of MIT's hitters for kills. MIT won the first game 1512.

Gordon self-destructed in the second game in the face of strong serving by Van Buren and blocking by Tom Kelsch G, losing 152. Both teams picked up the intensity in game three, trading points and side-outs as the crowd squealed.

MIT then surged ahead behind strong hits and net play from Asari, Niemeyer, and Lee. Five jump-serve aces by Roberts in the third game helped seal the MIT victory, 1511.

ENC Puts Up A Fight

Thursday's match at Eastern Nazarene College began with a motivational musical medley, but ENC never quite matched the energy of their music in their play. With confident passing from Husbands and numerous blocks by Niemeyer, MIT easily controlled the first game 156.

The ENC passing disintegrated along with their morale in game two, and MIT won again, 154. Most of the MIT starters sat for the third game and ENC capitalized on a few errors to jump out to a 60 lead. Tough serving by Le and a few blocks by Kelsch brought MIT back to 58, but ENC was on a roll, and with their home crowd cheering they easily took the game, 156.

MIT gained an early lead in the fourth game behind the serves of Brian Rexing G, Asari, and Roberts. ENC climbed back with strong hitting until the score was tied at 88. The two teams traded side-outs until MIT scored on a blistering hit from Lazaro who led the MIT offense with 17 kills for the night. Strong defensive play by Lee and Le allowed Asari to set up Lazaro and Roberts for winners and MIT rolled to victory, 1511.

IVC will try to extend its winning streak against Salem State on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Rockwell Cage. IVC will square off against the men's varsity volleyball team to vie for local bragging rights on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in DuPont Gymnasium.

Tom Klemas, former IVC star-turned-varsity coach, will try to lead his arsenal of energetic undergraduates to victory against a battery of aging graduate students. Can youth prevail over experience? Come and see.