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Men's Volleyball Team Edges Out Wentworth

By Tom Klemas
Head Coach

On Jan. 20, the men's varsity volleyball team travelled to Providence to compete against Johnson and Whales University. MIT lost 32 to a greatly improved and bigger team in a closely contested match. Ajai Bharadwaj '01 and David Lee '01 played vital roles on defense which kept MIT in the match despite the fact that MIT experienced extreme difficulty siding out with its offense. The varsity team played pretty well despite the absence of two key starters and several ill team members.

On Jan. 21, the men's varsity team played its first home match and defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology 32. Setter Minpont Chien '99 led the team offense to a crushing 150 win during the first game. The team easily won the second game 158. Ya-Bing Chu '99 ran effective middle attacks that overpowered the WIT defense. However, WIT made some adjustments in the its offense that earned it the next two games 158, 1512, running its outside hitter for a second tempo set in the middle that confounded the MIT blockers. The MIT offense also faltered slightly due to an increase in hitting errors. With some adjustments however, MIT easily won the rally-scoring final game 154 to take the match.

On Saturday, the varsity team travelled to compete against Springfield College. Although the MIT team lost 03 (1115, 215, 1215), they played an extremely solid match against the nationally ranked Springfield team. Despite missing two starters and featuring two new players in the lineup, the Engineer offense, set by Darius Jazayeri '00, was quite effective against the large Springfield team.

MIT's serving strategies and tough individual serves contained the overpowering Springfield offense. Middle blocker Anthony Parris '02 and right-side hitter Nick Michalakis '01 hit extremely well, while left-side hitter and captain Bob Moser '99 received serves flawlessly.

MIT will travel to WIT to compete tomorrow and will play in the NECVL tournament on Sunday.