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Fund-Raiser Tourney Finishes IVC Season

By Rad Roberts
Team Member

The Intercollegiate volleyball club (IVC) ended its 1997 season with a fund-raising doubles tournament in Rockwell Cage last Sunday. The tournament attracted almost thirty men's and women's A and B level teams from the MIT community.

This year's level of play was very high, especially in the women's divisions. The intensity of play throughout the day was dramatically illustrated in the championship matches for each division. Three of them involved come-from-behind victories.

In the women's B finals, Angela Butts '00 and Kelly Conway G defeated Julie Chung and Marie Castro. The women's A finals pitted Amy Smith and Emily Chang against Darcy Duke and Sarah Billey. Duke and Billey easily won the first game 112 and jumped out to a 82 lead in the second game.

At the brink of defeat, Smith and Chang rallied to win the second game 118. They carried their momentum into the deciding third game, winning 114 to claim the women's championship.

Similar dramas were unfolding in the men's divisions. In the men's division B finals, Paul Sherman Gand Brian Taylor G beat Thompson Choi and Tia Di in the first game 117. Choi and Di made adjustments and seized the second game 114. However, Sherman and Taylor rallied in the third game to claim the championship 115.

The men's A championships matched four IVC teammates against each other. Defending 1996 champions Tom Klemas G and Koji Asari G started strong, beating Rad Roberts G and Parry Husbands G in the first game 115. Roberts and Husbands fought back in a long second game, eventually winning 118.

Both teams traded side-outs in the third game and eventually battled to 55. Roberts and Husbands then scored on several jump-serve aces to surge ahead 105. Klemas and Asari clawed their way back to 107, but Roberts and Husbands won the final point to claim the championship.