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Volleyball Swept by Michigan State and Fairfield

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By John and Matt Risley

STORRS, Conn. - The Dartmouth volleyball team (0-3) wrapped up action in the UConn Classic Saturday, falling to both Michigan State (5-0) and Fairfield (1-5) in straight sets. The Big Green, which is still searching for its first victory of the season, lost to the Spartans by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-9. The afternoon matchup with the Stags was closer, with Dartmouth falling 25-16, 25-20, and 25-20. 

Dartmouth got off to a rough start in the morning match against a talented Michigan State team, which remains undefeated on the year. The Big Green looked best early in the second set, tallying four straight points to take a 5-3 lead over the Spartans with Lucia Pohlman (Mill Valley, Calif./Redwood HS) serving. With help from two kills by Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera/The Branson School) later in the frame, Dartmouth led by as many as five, ahead 11-6 before MSU took over with a 12-2 run that helped seal their victory.

Rookie Paige Caridi (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) led Dartmouth with seven kills in the match, while Shoenberger followed with five. Freshman Kayden Cook (Southlake, Texas/Carroll HS) led the squad with 15 assists, adding four digs, while junior Vivian Snider (Colorado Springs, Colo./Canyon Mountain) was tops on the team with nine digs.

For Michigan State, Lauren Wicinski led the charge with a double-double, collecting 10 kills and 11 digs to lead the Spartans to victory. Kristen Kelsay tallied a game-high 21 assists, while Kori Moster led with 14 digs for the match.

As a team, MSU hit .442 while holding the Big Green to a .087 attack percentage.

Dartmouth fared slightly better in the afternoon match with Fairfield, but the Stags were able to pull out their first victory of the season. The beginning of the first set was close until Fairfield went on a furious 10-2 run which put them on top 20-9 to eventually take the set. The second frame was more even, with neither team leading by more than five. At one point, Dartmouth narrowed the gap to 20-18 with help from a block by Pohlman and Elisa Scudder (Ashford, Va./Broad Run), but Fairfield forged ahead to take the frame 25-20.

Dartmouth took an early 10-6 lead in the third set on six straight points with Pohlman serving, but Fairfield took a timeout before posting a 4-0 run to tie the game. After trading the next several points, Fairfield's Caitlin Stapleton put the Stags ahead for good with a kill. The Stags closed out the match on a 4-0 run in the 25-20 victory.

Schoenberger again led Dartmouth in kills with eight, while Scudder added seven and rookie Allison Brady (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) had six. Senior captain Alissa Santa Maria (Yorba Linda, Calif./El Dorado) dished out 23 assists with four digs.

Three different Stags - Nicole Marzik, Hayley Moyer and Stapleton - recorded double-digit kills, while Rachel Romansky had a match-high 37 assists and Kara Reis tallied 16 digs.

Fairfield held the advantage in attack percentage, hitting .320 to Dartmouth's .150.

At the conclusion of the Classic, Scudder was one of seven players named to the All-Tournament Team. 

Dartmouth continues its eight-match road trip next weekend, traveling to Fairfield to take on the Stags, along with Sacred Heart and UCF in the Sacred Heart Tournament. Action begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a second straight matchup against the Stags.