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IVC Concludes Season With 2nd Place Finish

By Rad Roberts
team member

The intercollegiate volleyball club finished second in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League championship tournament at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. The team advanced to the tournament by clobbering the University of Massachusetts at Lowell last week to finish the 1997 regular season as undefeated division champions.

IVC showed its tenacity in the first match of the tournament by beating Northeastern University 1510 in the first game, and by overcoming a second game 1310 deficit to win 1513.

Dartmouth College proved a more worthy opponent, by beating IVC 1512 in the first game. IVC rebounded to capture the second game 1510. Providence College was easily dispatched 157, 1510, and IVC advanced to the semifinals to face UNH.

Boosted by dozens of cheering fans, UNH was hot to avenge their earlier loss to IVC in the finals of the NECVL open. IVC rose to UNH's challenge to defeat them in two straight games.

Tom Klemas G was unstoppable, firing blistering hits from all over of the court. Parry Husbands G passed UNH serves with cat-like grace and coolly scored big kills of his own. Setter Koji Asari G had a dramatic block on the tallest UNH player and Mitch Price G hit right over several UNH blockers.

The real surprise came from middle blocker Jim Fleming G, who helped shut down the UNH offense with his best blocking performance of the season. Gene van Buren G and Roberto Leon G rounded out the IVC defense with solid digs in the back row.

With each IVC block and hit the MIT bench roared with thunderous cheers that put the UNH fans to shame. The UNH coach was stunned. His team had prepared for this match for months, but they couldn't stop IVC.

Before UNH could collect their wits, IVC finished them off to win the first game, 155. In the second game, UNH pushed their intensity to higher level, surging ahead to a 92 lead.

Rad Roberts G then entered the match for IVC, making diving digs and several blocks to spark his team. John Modzelewski '98, Klemas, Roberts, Fleming, and Husbands scored blocks and hits as IVC ran off 10 unanswered points to lead 129.

UNH still refused to yield as they fought back to 1212, but IVC dug in defensively and sealed their victory with three outstanding plays to win the game 1513.

This match marked the high point of the IVC season. Each player performed the best he had all season, and the team played with a coherence and camaraderie that was truly inspirational.

In the finals, IVC faced the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The match opened with a block from Husbands, which scored the first point of the match.

However, UMass played outstanding defense and IVC couldn't reach the level of intensity it found against UNH. IVC blocking and digging broke down somewhat and UMass played an almost flawless game to capture the first game 159.

IVC fired up its intensity in the second game, but UMass answered. Both teams fought hard to a 99 tie by trading blocks and sideouts. UMass eventually won the second game, 1512, to claim the NECVL championship despite a valiant IVC effort.

Husbands and Klemas were selected as tournament all-stars and the IVC team was honored for finishing second in the NECVL championship. With many returning players, coach Satoshi Asari hopes IVC will be a very strong team again next year.

IVC will host a doubles volleyball tournament open to MIT students, alumni, and staff of all abilities on May 3. Two divisions of women's and men's teams will vie for prizes while enjoying lots of playing time. Registration forms will be available in the lobby of the Student Center from April 30 to May 2.