PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Dartmouth volleyball fought hard to win a set, but ultimately fell to Penn, 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25) at the Palestra on Saturday evening. The Big Green are now 6-8 overall and 2-3 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers improved to 7-7 and 2-3.
Freshman Tori Dozier had her seventh double-double of the year with 38 assists and 14 digs, while senior Sara Lindquist and freshman Mallen Bischoff both had double-digit kills with 14 and 11, respectively. Sophomore Carly Tower led with six block assists.
"We battled tonight against a very tough Penn team," head coach Gilad Doron said. "It was a game of runs, which they had more of than us tonight. I felt we had our chances. We had our big plays from different players at different times in the match, just not consistently. We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend and how we have to work harder in practice this week to come up with a more complete game next weekend at home."
The teams tied four times by the fourth point until two kills by freshman Elise Petit and a pair of Quaker errors gave the Big Green a 7-4 edge. Penn and Dartmouth traded points, with neither team fully taking control, but four straight gave the Quakers a lead that they would not relinquish (18-14). The Big Green would get five more points off kills by Lindquist (1), Petit (1) and Dozier (1), and two Quaker errors, but Penn would take the first set soon after (25-19).
It was a very similar story in the second, as the two squads tied at every point until four straight by Dartmouth thanks to two kills by Dozier, one by Bischoff and a Quaker error pulled the visitors ahead (7-4). The Big Green held on to their lead for a bit longer and soon sported a 12-10 lead, but the Quakers started to slowly make their way back until Dartmouth was trailing, 21-19. The Green did not give up and, tied at 23-all, a huge kill by freshman Olympia Nagel-Caland and a nice block assist by Dozier and Tower gave set two to the visitors (25-23).
Penn had a 4-0 run to start the third set, but Dartmouth turned things around following two Dozier/Tower blocks to tie the score up (6-6). The Big Green and the Quakers went back and forth until Penn pulled ahead to make it a 14-10 set. Penn started to increase its lead after a handful of big kills (20-12). A timeout did the Big Green good, as they went on a 6-3 run after kills by Lindquist, Dozier and classmate Tola Akinwumi and errors on the other side of the net (23-18). A handful of points in a row made it 2-1 in Penn’s favor (25-18).
Dartmouth jumped out ahead in the fourth and had a 4-2 advantage after kills by Lindquist, Tower and Dozier, but four in a row by the Quakers gave the lead to them (6-4). A few points and a pair of Bischoff kills later and the Big Green had tied the score at 8-8. Dartmouth and Penn traded points, tying the score. Bischoff came alive late in the set to tie the score a few times (20-20). Penn got very close to a victory following three straight points (23-20), but three in a row for the Green following two Penn errors and a Lindquist kill tied the score once more (23-23). At match point, the Quakers got one more point to end it (25-23).
The Big Green will return home for three in a row, starting with Yale and Brown next weekend.