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Volleyball Dealt Third Straight Loss, Falling 3-0 to Princeton

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H. - In three straight 25-18 sets, the Dartmouth volleyball team fell at the hands of the Princeton Tigers Saturday night at Leede Arena, 3-0. With the loss, the Big Green fall to 2-11 on the season and 1-2 in the Ivy League. Princeton improves to 7-7 on the year with a perfect 3-0 Ivy record.

The visiting Tigers set the tone early, going up 11-4 in the first set to force a Dartmouth timeout. Following the stop in action, however, the Big Green started to find its rhythm, scoring eight of the game's next nine points to knot the score 12-12 and force Princeton to take a timeout of its own. Newcomers Paige Caridi and Holly Harper served up three points apiece in the comeback effort, and sophomore hitter Alex Schoenberger came through with four kills for the Big Green. Despite the effort, the Tigers got back on track with an 8-2 run for a 20-14 lead, finishing off the set 25-18.

Dartmouth surrendered an early 8-6 lead in the second set, falling behind again when Princeton went on an 8-1 mid-set run of its own to go up 14-9. The Tigers would lead by as many as eight points in the frame before the Big Green attempted a late comeback. A 5-1 Dartmouth run, with help from a Lucia Pohlman service ace and a lively Schoenberger kill, pulled the home team within four, 22-18, but Princeton would put it away, 25-18 on a Kendall Peterkin service ace and ensuing Dartmouth attack error.

Trailing 20-13 in the third set, Schoenberger and rookie Allison Brady each put down a pair of kills to try to keep the match alive. But the Tigers proved to be too much to handle, maintaining a comfortable advantage throughout. A Tiana Woolridge kill on an assist from Ginny Willis ended the match.

Schoenberger led all players with 13 kills, adding three blocks. Caridi was just one shy of a double-double, tallying nine kills with 13 digs. Classmate Kayden Cook contributed 29 assists and 11 digs in the Big Green's loss.

For Princeton, Lydia Rudnick and Nicole Kinkaid had double-digit kills. The pair also combined for seven blocks on the night. Willis dished out a match-high 37 assists with nine digs.

Dartmouth is back in action next weekend, taking on Yale (Fri., Oct. 5 at 7pm) and Brown (Sat., Oct. 6 at 5pm) at home in Leede Arena.