Men’s Volleyball Defeated By New Paltz at Roger Williams TourneyBy Darius Jazayeri
In a successful week, the men’s volleyball team defeated Daniel Webster College on Wednesday to qualify for the Roger Williams Tournament on Saturday. MIT lost to SUNY New Paltz in the semifinals of the playoffs.
The Engineers started Wednesday’s match against Daniel Webster with a less experienced lineup, led by setter Daniel Levy ’02, and outside hitters Bernard Ahyow ’01, Angell Shieh ’02, and middle hitter Nathaniel Sattler ’02. The new lineup started the match a bit shaky, and MIT lost the first set 15-5. The Engineers then regrouped with excellent passing by Ahyow, and hitting by Sattler to win the next two sets decisively 15-0 and 15-12. Daniel Webster then came back to win the fourth set 15-10 but then MIT then brought in several veteran players and won the fifth set 15-6.
On Saturday the Engineers travelled to Rhode Island for a tournament at Roger Williams University. MIT finished first in its pool by first defeating Ramapo College 3-2 and then Johnson and Wales University 3-0, whom they had lost to earlier in the season. The Engineers were led by the artful setting of Minpont Chien ’00, who earned all-tournament honors for his play. Exceptional offense was provided by middle hitter Ya-bing Chu ’99, outside hitters Bob Moser ’99 and Darius Jazayeri ’00, and right side hitter Nikolaos Michalakis ’01.
MIT then faced SUNY New Paltz in the semi-final round of the tournament. The Engineers, hurt by poor passing, got off to a slow start and lost the first two sets 15-7 and 16-14. MIT came back to win the third set 15-13, but again faced passing difficulties, and lost the fourth set 15-8, ending the Engineers day. SUNY New Paltz went on to win the tournament.
MIT, now 7-7, hosts Sacred Heart University on Wednesday, and plays a rematch against SUNY New Paltz at home on Friday.