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Intercollegiate Volleyball Club Wins Two to Keep Perfect Record

By Rad Roberts
team member

The intercollegiate volleyball club extended its perfect record to 70 by defeating Eastern Nazarene College and Boston University last week.

Tuesday's match against ENC was relatively uneventful. The IVC easily rolled to victory in the first two games, 152, 152. Flawless hitting from Parry Husbands G and six diving digs from Brian Rexing G fueled the IVC fire. In the third game, the IVC second string barely eked out a 1716 win to seal the match, 30.

Thursday night IVC squared off against division rival BU to vie for the New England Collegiate Volleyball League eastern division title. Both teams were undefeated coming into the match.

IVC came out very strong, jumping ahead 111 in the first game with tough serving and blocking. Tom Klemas G intimidated BU with middle blocks and hits, allowing Mitch Price G to score on many single blocks. IVC held off a weak BU rally to win the first game, 156.

BU stepped up in the second game, but IVC answered with increased intensity as well. Rad Roberts G scored key hits to end a few long rallies and made diving saves on defense with a zest that lifted his team. Husbands, Klemas, and Price all scored effectively behind deft setting by Koji Asari G.

In the face of this power and a few controversial referee calls, BU lost its poise. IVC easily won the second game, 157. However, in the third game BU capitalized on less aggressive play by IVC, rebounding to win 1512.

IVC came alive again in the fourth game. BU simply could not score against the solid IVC defense. Husbands logged several outstanding digs, and Gene van Buren G, Roberto Leon G, Roberts, Asari, and Klemas hustled to save many broken plays.

Hitters Price, Husbands, Klemas, Roberts, John Modzelewski '98, and Steve Seele G pounded away at the BU defense, and IVC scored a decisive 154 win to clinch the match, 31.

Against BU, IVC played with great intensity and camaraderie. The IVC bench helped keep the spirits of their team high throughout the match.

The aging IVC graduate students showed their poise and maturity, by completing the match with almost no errors. Husbands and Price registered blistering hitting percentages of .517 and .608 to lead the IVC offense. In addition, newer players Jim Fleming G and Modzelewski both had a few thunderous kills in the middle.

Veteran setter Asari guided the IVC offense with his usual fire. Strong serving and blocking by Asari, Roberts, Husbands, and Klemas kept BU off balance for most of the match.

If IVC can maintain the level of play it reached in the BU match, the team should have an excellent chance of winning the 1997 NECVL championships in April.

IVC will scrimmage against arch rival the University of New Hampshire today. The final IVC home division match is against Boston College on Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the DuPont Gymnasium.